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205 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF TWO SAMURAI FIGHTING IN A STIRRUP Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) An amusing ivory netsuke of two Samurai sparring with long spears (yarai) in a giant stirrup (abumi), used by Samurai in horse combat. Intricately carved with a stippled surface and singular florally rimmed himotoshi on the underside. HEIGHT 3.3 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

206 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF GENTOKU BY GYOKUZAN By Gyokuzan, ivory netsuke Japan, Tokyo, Meiji period (1868-1912) This rather large ivory netsuke shows the Han-dynasty hero Gentoku (in Chinese Liu Bai) crossing the river Dankei with his famous horse Tokiro. Gentoku is one of the three heroes of the Han-dynasty (China, 206 BC – 220 AD) who restored the kingdom to its former glory and defeated the usurper Soso (Cao Cao) in many battles. A netsuke showing all three heroes is in the present catalog no. 201. Fine details such as the complete armor, including sword, quiver and large fan, and the dense sprays of waves from the river. Large himotoshi on the underside and signature in an inlaid horn tablet GYOKUZAN 玉山. HEIGHT 3.7 cm, LENGTH 5.8 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very minor and negligible loss to the edge. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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