Project Description

Wood Netsuke of Tōenmei

Carved as a contented old man standing beside a large basket of chrysanthemums

One normally associates the flowers with the exiled youth Kikujido, but this is a rarer depiction of the Chinese official who gave up his post to enjoy nature, music and wine. A lesson to us all

Signed illegibly on the feet. 1st half 19th century

Height 4.9cm