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209 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A RECUMBENT COW AND CALF AFTER TOMOTADA Signed Tomotada, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke of a recumbent cow with her head tilted to the right and her sensitively carved young nestling up to her. The rope halter which attaches to the nose ring passes over the back. Her pupils are inlaid, and the muscular body is expressed very well. Finely carved hooves and large himotoshi through the underside above the signature TOMOTADA 友忠 in a rectangular reserve. LENGTH 5.7 cm Provenance: British collection. Condition: The ivory slightly worn with a good patina on the underside. Good condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

210 A STAG ANTLER NETSUKE OF A RECUMBENT OX WITH CALF Unsigned, stag antler netsuke Japan, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A rope is attached to the horned ox’ muzzle, winding around the animal’s back. The ribs, fur pattern, tail and legs show great attention to detail, a masterful feat when considering the complicated use of material. Black inlaid eyes. The small calf is snuggled closely to the ox. The ox (ushi) is the second out of the twelve signs of the Japanese zodiac and a symbol of spring and agriculture. Small ox figures like this one were also worn as a talisman against different illnesses. Small himotoshi on the underside. LENGTH 5.2 cm Provenance: Austrian private estate acquired at Dorotheum on 1st December 1993, lot 61 (12.000-14.000 Austrian Schillings). Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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