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288 A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF URASHIMA TARO WITH MINOGAME BY GARAKU By Garaku, ivory netsuke Japan, Osaka, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) This fine ivory netsuke depicts Urashima Taro saving the little minogame (straw-raincoat turtle) crawling up on him, which subsequently turned out to be the daughter of the dragon king. Urashima is visibly delighted by this as the minogame is nestling up to him thankfully. There is a little carved basket next to him, presumably he would feed it back to strength with the contents. His hair is tied in typical fashion and he is wearing elaborately decorated clothing - the characteristic straw-like tail of the turtle amusingly blends in with the straw loincloth of Urashima. Good angled himotoshi through the underside and back and the signature in a way reserve GARAKU 我樂. In the legend, the next day a giant turtle appeared and brought Urashima to the underwater palace of the dragon god (this scene is more frequently depicted in netsuke art). Urashima stayed there for a few days and received a box and was told not to open it. When he returned everyone he knew was gone and everything had changed, so in his bewilderment he opened the box and suddenly turned into an old man. He then heard a whisper from the sea telling him he was told not to open the box, in it was his old age… HEIGHT 4.9 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Minor expected age cracks, fine patina, very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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