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294. AN IVORY NETSUKE OF THE LEGEND OF MOMOTARO BY MITSUO By Mitsuo, ivory netsuke Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) A finely carved and well-detailed ivory netsuke depicting Momotaro (the peach boy) returning from Onigashima (the land of devils). He is shown with his companions – the dog, the monkey and pheasant – all dressed in human clothes. In front of them is a low table filled with treasures bestowed onto them for defeating the devil Akandoji. Two oni are shown begging for mercy. Himotoshi and signature MITSUO 光雄 and seal MITSU 光 on the underside of the rock on which Momotaro sits on. HEIGHT 3.3 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

295 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A DEMON WITH ATTENDANT AND ONI IN A BOAT BY CHIKUYOSAI TOMOCHIKA By Tomochika, ivory netsuke Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A finely carved and stained ivory netsuke by Chikuyosai Tomochika. Depicted is a demon with a female, possibly Benten, pouring sake into the sakazuki he is holding - accordingly he has a slightly drunken expression. Behind them is an oni who is gleefully rowing the boat. Finely carved waves on the sides. Himotoshi and signature TOMOCHIKA 友 親 on the underside. LENGTH 5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Minor age-related wear and a crack through the underside. Generally, in good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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