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332 AN INLAID WOOD NETSUKE OF A KABUKI ACTOR BY HOEI 331 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A SAMBASO DANCER BY MINKOKU By Minkoku, ivory netsuke Japan, Edo/Tokyo, late 19th century Finely carved as a Sambaso dancer with intricately decorated and flowing robes, depicted in a dancing posture and with an amusingly inserted tongue. He is wearing an eboshi, holding a bell tree in the front and is swinging a fan around to his back. The movement of the composition is achieved masterfully. The himotoshi are cleverly placed in between the fan and the signature is located on the left leg MINKOKU 民谷. The Sambaso dance originates from the Noh play Okina and involves the old man (Okina) performing a lively and humorous dance with a fan and hand bells. HEIGHT 7 cm

By Hoei, wood and ivory netsuke Japan, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Finely carved from a lightly colored piece of wood depicting a kabuki actor fully wrapped in clothes with an inlaid ivory mask. The ivory mask is quite amusing with dense eyebrows and looking upwards, the mouth tinted red. Kabuki is a traditional form of comedy theatre often performed in the intermissions of Noh-plays. Himotoshi and signature HOEI 法英 on the underside. The artist is mentioned on page 163 in MCI and carved almost exclusively fine netsuke of actors with details inlaid in ivory. HEIGHT 3.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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