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Ɏ A SUPERB, LARGE AND RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A TENNIN (BUDDHIST ANGEL)
Lot 5 - NE1122

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Lot details

Unsigned
Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The Buddhist angel (apsara in Sanskrit) depicted in mid-flight, her celestial scarf and the tail feathers of her hagoromo (feather dress) swaying gracefully in the wind. Her hair is tied in a high chignon mounted by a chrysanthemum-tiara and she wears exquisite feather earrings. With both hands she holds a sho (mouth organ). Her facial features reflect her beauty and divinity as she smiles gracefully. The ivory bearing a lovely, warm, and lustrous patina. Good asymmetrical himotoshi through the underside, the larger hole generously excavated to accommodate the knot.

This is certainly the largest and finest example of a tennin we have seen.

LENGTH 7.9 cm

Condition: Good condition with associated surface wear and age cracks; stunning patina. Some old and non-distracting chips and losses.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection, Paris. Sold at Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 29 October 2021, Vienna, lot 23 (sold for 15,168 EUR).


Trade Certificate: The trade certificate for the sale of this lot within the EU has been granted (permit number AT 22-B-0538).

 
 

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