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342 A LARGE IVORY NETSUKE OF AN ANATOMICALLY CORRECT SKULL BY TERUYUKI By Teruyuki, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An excellently crafted, anatomically correct skull, a symbol of mortality. Large, staring eyes, individual teeth in the upper jaw and the jagged lines on the cranium are expressed. One large himotoshi on the underside and another ‘natural himotoshi’ through the underside of the teeth. Signature TERUYUKI 照之 on the back. HEIGHT 4.5 cm Provenance: European collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

343 AN IVORY CARVING OF A SKULL AND SNAKE Unsigned, ivory carving Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) or later One half is a dead human skull while the other is still intact with hair, ears and eyes and appears almost to be sleeping. The severed head after an execution or on the battlefield is a motif that frequently occurs in netsuke art. Asahi Gyokuzan (18431923) was a great master in this field, this piece could have been carved by one of his students. The snake crawling out of the eyehole is a striking detail. The artist skillfully juxtaposes life and death in this ideally rounded composition, which probably served as some sort of filial, since it has two pierced and connected holes on the top and bottom. HEIGHT 3.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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