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292 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF ROCHISHIN KILLING THE BUTCHER

293 A RARE NETSUKE OF MATANO NO GORO WITH BOULDER

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, late 18th – early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, Osaka, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

An ivory netsuke depicting bare-chested Rochishin (in Chinese Lu Chi Shen) in the process of slapping and killing the butcher who attacked him with a knife, after Rochishin provoked him because he was harassing the daughter of an acquaintance. Rochishin then became a priest in order to avoid capital punishment. The present netsuke shows the dramatic scene as Rochishin prepares to strike the butcher who looks up frightenedly, aware of his dire fate. Inlaid eyes of dark horn and large himotoshi through the underside and back.

Matano no Goro is shown holding the massive boulder which he throws over the cliff at his rival Sanada Yoichi during the battle of Ishibashiyama. Matana no Goro is shown seated with a humorously tense expression. Finely carved details and beautiful stain reminiscent of Hidemasa of Osaka, a likely candidate for this carving. Himotoshi through the back and underside. HEIGHT 3.5 cm

HIEGHT 5.5 cm

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition.

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition, fine patina.

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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