Japan, Tokyo, Asakusa, mid to late 19th century
Finely carved in openwork with a sinuous winged dragon with scrolling mane, furcated tail, long trailing limbs, and baku-like snout, flying amid swirling clouds, the reverse with rows of stylized lotus petals encircling the central himotoshi.
DIAMETER 3.8 cm
Condition: Very good condition, appealingly worn, natural imperfections.
Compare a related stag antler ryusa manju netsuke with two baku, 4.1 cm diameter, dated mid to late 19th century, at Galerie Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 22 April 2022, Vienna, lot 259 (sold for 5,056 EUR).
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