Project Description

Unusual Wood Netsuke by Hoshunsai Masayuki

A young shaven monk stands with raised fist over a slothful looking hirsute and macrocephalous monster sprawling on the ground. The monster is more head than anything else

Signed. Tokyo. Circa 1850-80

Height: 3.9 cm


Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s London, 13th March 1989, lot 58

For the best account of Masayuki, I recommend Paul Moss’s note in his 3 volume Kokusai and stag antler monograph, vol. III, p. 78