Attributed to Tanaka Juntoko Minko (1735-1816), unsigned
Japan, Tsu, late 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
A beautifully worn wood netsuke with a rich and unctuous patina. The Shinto goddess Okame is stepping into a bathtub, one leg submerged in the water and the other outside still wearing a geta sandal. She is only dressed in a loose towel, slipping and revealing one of her butt cheeks, her supple breasts shown in the front. As always, she is smiling, as if she knows she is being watched. Rather amusingly, adding to the shunga overtones of this netsuke, her hair is tied up in a manner which is very much reminiscent of a mushroom cap with incised radial gills. Natural himotoshi. Unsigned, however most likely an early piece by Tanaka Juntoko Minko.
HEIGHT 5.2 cm
Condition: Very good condition, some minor associated surface wear; beautiful patina.
Provenance: European collection.
Compare to a wood netsuke of Okame in a bathtub being washed by an oni, by Minko, in Atchley, Virginia / Davey, Neil (2006) The Virginia Atchley Collection of Japanese Miniature Arts, p. 116, no. N151.
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