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200 A LARGE AND IMPORTANT WOOD NETSUKE OF KAN’U ON HORSEBACK Unsigned, wood netsuke Japan, early to mid -18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A masterfully sculpted, strong and large wood netsuke depicting the Chinese General Kan’u (in Chinese Guan Yu) on horseback and holding his famous Guandao sword (lit. reclining moon blade), which he also named the ‘green dragon crescent blade’ – which is reflected in the present netsuke, since the hilt is carved like a dragon and the blade looks like fire belched from the dragon’s mouth. Kan’u has a determined expression, with inlaid pupils, as he strokes his long and pointed beard. The horse has its four legs tucked tightly together, as if it was navigating a narrow mountain pass, and is looking downwards. The wood is accentuated and stained black for effect. An important and bold carving with fine details dating to the first half of the 18th century. The himotoshi are large and well-hidden. HEIGHT 8.3 cm Provenance: Purchased from Sydney L. Moss Ltd. Condition: Good condition, showing some wear (also around the himotoshi). The hand stroking the beard has been reattached. Estimate EUR 8.000,Starting price EUR 4.000,-

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