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270 A TALL WOOD NETSUKE OF A FOX PRIEST Unsigned, wood netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Kitsune (fox) are creatures imbued with a lot of mythological meaning, as they can change forms, like a tanuki, and are believed to be animated by devils. In this netsuke the fox with a sly expression is disguised as a priest wearing the corresponding flowing robes and leaning on a cane, the paw that is visible is that of a fox. Beautiful patina and good irregular himotoshi showing signs of wear through the back. HEIGHT 8 cm Provenance: British private collection, stored in a bank vault for 40 years, collection no. 82. Condition: Old and smooth chip to the hem of the robe, otherwise good condition with a very good patina. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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271 A RARE WOOD NETSUKE OF SATO TADANOBU AS A FOX Unsigned, wood netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Kitsune (foxes) are known to have magical powers and the ability to shapeshift, some even believe they are animated by devils. The present netsuke shows a fox holding a drum between its paws – an allusion to the kabuki play Yoshitsune Senbon-Zakura, where a fox transforms into Sato Tadanobu, who retrieved the Hatsune drum made from the skin of his parents, who were powerful kitsune. Natural himotoshi and a fine patina especially to the underside. HEIGHT 4.5 cm Provenance: European collection. Condition: Very good condition, fine patina especially to the underside. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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