Project Description

Wood Netsuke of Kōan Sennin on a Turtle by Nanshin

Kōan, or Roko, is less well known, and more rarely represented, than many other sennin. Here he is shown looking more like a rakan with distinctive drooping eye brows, though his identity is suggested by the mugwort leaf cape. The eyes are double inlays of horn

Signed. Probably Wakayama. Circa 1830

Height: 3.8 cm

This is the only recorded netsuke by the artist

Provenance:

Ex collection Paul Corbin

Sale, Beaussant at the Hôtel Drouot, 10th November1999, lot 177

MR3933

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