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Wood Netsuke of Snails on Bamboo by Hoichi

A large snail lies atop a small twist of thin bamboo, to the sides of which cling two much smaller snails. The fleshy part of the large snail is given tactile interest using the ukibori technique, slightly worn from handling. The part of the bamboo which crosses beneath the netsuke is undercut to provide the himotoshi

Signed.  Circa 1880

4.1 cm across

Information:

For another netsuke of a snail by the artist, see the catalogue of the Sotheby’s London Bushell sale, 18th November 1999, lot 339.  Two other works by him, a family of poultry, and two rabbits, are illustrated in Lazarnick’s Netsuke and Inro Artists and How to Read Their Signatures, vol. I, p. 476. The artist’s exact dates are uncertain

MR3208

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