Project Description

Wood netsuke of two young kappa by Tadakuni 

The long-haired quadrupeds with scaly skins and short tails face in opposing directions atop 3 rocks, one of them holding a fish

Signed beneath on the bridge between the himotoshi in ukibori characters: Tadakuni. Nagoya, circa 1820

Width: 3.5 cm


Ex collections W.W. Winkworth and Mark T. Hindson, sold in the latter’s sale (part IV), Sotheby’s London, 9th July 1968, lot 620


Davey and Meinertzhagen have different opinions as to what the creatures are doing.  The latter refers to them as both kappa and kawataro


Neil K. Davey, Netsuke (Hindson collection), 1982, p. 190, no. 574

G. Lazarnick, The Meinertzhagen Card Index, 1986, p. 837, illustrated with a line drawing and the comment “very fine little carving”