Project Description

Tall ivory netsuke of Kan’u 

Stroking his beard with one hand and holding his halberd blade down in the other, the buttons on his sleeve inlays of mid toned buffalo horn

Unsigned. Circa 1790

12.6 cm high


This is by the same hand as the example in Moss, ‘Outside the Box’, no. 8, though it is marginally taller and has considerably less wear. He even still has his toes after all this time, while the Moss variant had only half his feet