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272 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A FOX PRIEST Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A finely carved ivory netsuke of a kitsune (fox) disguised as a priest and holding a long cane with both hands. Kitsune are creatures imbued with magical powers and are known to have the ability of shapeshifting, shown in this netsuke as the fox has transformed into a priest – a popular theme in netsuke art. They are also believed to be animated by the devils. The fox priest is completely wrapped in priestly clothing, only showing the face which has a sly expression with a slightly opened mouth showing the teeth. Large and irregular himotoshi through the back. HEIGHT 6.2 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Good condition, the ivory slightly worn with some age cracks, some wear around the smaller cord hole. Good yellowish patina with some spots of brownish honey color. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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