Japan, 19th century
The face with a stern expression, marked by thick furrowed brows, intensely staring heavy-lidded eyes with pierced pupils, a long slender nose, the mouth slightly agape. The hair and eyebrows are neatly incised. The head is surmounted by a short cap with cross-hatched design, secured by a gold-inlaid cord. The back with two himotoshi.
HEIGHT 5.8 cm
Condition: Very good condition with minor wear, casting irregularities, few tiny nicks.
Provenance: European private collection P. Jacquesson, acquired from Robert Fleischel in November 2014 during the Netsuke Convention in London.
Compare a related wood netsuke of the head of a samurai by Iwama Masayoshi, 4.2 cm, also dated 19th century, at Bonhams, The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art Part I, 9 November 2010, London, lot 123 (sold for 12,000 GBP).
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