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179 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A RAKAN ON A ROCK Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

178 A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A STANDING OKAME Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The Shinto goddess of sensuality and good humor is depicted here in a rare standing posture with a towel and parasol draped over her shoulders, revealing her naked breasts. Okame is laughing gleefully, gently lifting the sides of her skirt. Beautiful honey patina and very good himotoshi in the back. HEIGHT 5.6 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: The edge of one foot has been restored, otherwise good condition with expected age cracks and fine patina. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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An early ivory netsuke of a Rakan – an enlightened Buddhist – seated on a wide rock. The head is expressive with closed eyes, the almost naked torso shows ribs and a swollen belly. The Rakan is holding two hyotan attached to a rope behind his back containing the elixir of life. Large himotoshi through the rock. HEIGHT 5 cm Provenance: British private collection, collection no. 167. Condition: Age-related condition with several age cracks and the rope attaching the gourds to the Rakan’s hand is chipped. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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