Japan, Nagoya, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
Finely carved as a decaying and half-eaten pear, the skin rotting off in sections to the reverse, a wasp with eyes inlaid in dark horn picking the fruit’s flesh inside a large hole in the front. The surface of the pear is smoothly polished, while its curved stem is roughly textured. The back with asymmetrical himotoshi with raised rims.
HEIGHT 5.2 cm
Condition: The stem repaired. Otherwise good condition with minor wear, few tiny nicks around the himotoshi.
Compare a related wood netsuke of a wasp inside a rotten cucumber signed Harushinsai, the cucumber with a similarly smooth surface to the pear on the present netsuke, illustrated in Hurtig, Bernard (1973) Masterpieces of Netsuke Art: One Thousand Favorites of Leading Collectors, p. 172, no. 703.
Compare a related wood netsuke of a wasp inside a decaying pear by Gekko at Galerie Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 22 April 2022, Vienna, lot 129 (sold for 8,848 EUR).
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