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268 AN UNUSUAL TOKYO-SCHOOL INLAID WOOD NETSUKE OF A TENGU WITH CAT

269 A MINUTELY CARVED IVORY NETSUKE OF ONI, KAPPA AND MONK SIGNED TENMIN

Unsigned, wood netsuke with mother of pearl inlays Japan, Tokyo, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Signed Tenmin, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The lightly colored wood is carved to depict a tengu fondly looking down at a cat, which is lying on its back and playing with a brocade ball. The tengu has a long nose, inlaid eyes and his tokin cap is inlaid in mother of pearl, as well as several sections of his robes. The cat has inlaid eyes and a charming expression. Himotoshi possible, however more functional as an okimono.

An unusual ivory netsuke, minutely carved and depicting an amusing scene of a fully-clothed oni trying to lift the tea-kettle shell off a kappa, next to a gesticulating monk. The tea-kettle probably references the legend of the Bunbuku Chagama, where a tanuki transforms into a kettle. The details of this small and fragile carving are incredibly precise. All set on a stippled and thin base. And singular himotoshi on the underside as well as the signature TENMIN 夊民 in a jar shaped reserve.

HEIGHT 5 cm

HEIGHT 2.6 cm

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: The rope which goes from the brocade ball to his nose is chipped.

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition.

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

Auction comparison: A very similar netsuke certainly by the same hand/workshop signed Haru-Ha in the same jar-shaped reserve was sold at Zacke, Fine Netsuke, Sagemono & Okimono, November 24th 2018, Vienna, lot 135. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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