Project Description

Umimatsu ash-tray netsuke

The natural form suggestive of a tree trunk, fitted with silver mounts, one a lining for the bowl, and two kiku-form caps, one with a loose ring for cord attachment

Unsigned. Circa 1700

5.1 cm across


Some may be surprised by my early dating of this piece, but it seems to me to have much in common with the type of netsuke excavated from the tomb of Matsudaira Tadao, buried in 1736, discussed at length by H. & E. Kress in an article in the International Netsuke Society Journal, 38/2, 2018, pp. 47-57