Project Description

Wood Netsuke of a Hawk on a Pine Branch by Gyokko

Its eye pupils inlays of dark horn

Signed beneath the branch. Circa 1880

Height: 4.7 cm

I cannot be confident of the identification of the somewhat stylised bird, though Clive Hallam suggests a sparrowhawk or goshawk. The work is reminiscent of Harumitsu. Compare with signed raptors by him in the Bushell collection at LACMA (Goodall, p. 281, no. 401) and the Werdelmann collection (Schmitz, p. 168, no. 686)