266 AN UNUSUAL WOOD NETSUKE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST
267 A RARE IVORY MANJU NETSUKE IMITATING STAG ANTLER DEPICTING A RAIN DRAGON
Unsigned, wood netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
Unsigned, ivory manju netsuke Japan, probably Asakusa, mid to late 19th century
A rare netsuke of a mythical beast with the face like a dragon, one horn like a Kirin and the wings of a bat. The body is spiraling and the small himotoshi are on the reverse. The wood of a very good color with an appealing patina.
The ivory manju in the shape of a drum, the section in-between openworked, and the front depicting a rain dragon with bifurcated tail, serpentine body and characteristic trunk-shaped nose. The reverse with a swastika and central himotoshi. The material is brilliantly stained and stippled to imitate stag antler, especially on the reverse, allowing an attribution to the Asakusa school in Tokyo, however the manju is clearly made from ivory.
HEIGHT 4.1 cm Provenance: British private collection, stored in a bank vault for 40 years, collection no. 7. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-
DIAMETER 3.5 cm, WIDTH 1.4 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Good condition with minor age cracks. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-
22 June 2019, 1 PM CET