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232 A FINE WOOD NETSUKE OF A COILED RAT BY MASANAO By Masanao, wood netsuke Japan, Ise-Yamada, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A fine wood netsuke of rat tightly coiled up into a ball. A genius design when considering the functionality as a netsuke, but also the uniqueness of the depiction. This model is believed to originate from the Masanao family of Ise-Yamada and was executed in different variations and sizes across members of the school/ family, though the present netsuke shows particular individuality. The fur of the rat is precisely incised, and it is holding one paw to its face, one is holding its very well carved tail which extends all the way to the back and another is scratching its ear. The bulging eyes are inlaid in black horn. Natural himotoshi through one of the legs and signed at the back in a polished reserve MASANAO ć­Łç›´. HEIGHT 4 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London gentleman. Condition: Very good condition. Auction comparison: A similar netsuke was sold by Bonhams, Fine Japanese and Korean Art, 15 March 2017, New York, lot 6168. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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