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Ɏ AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A MONKEY AND GIANT NAMAZU (EARTHQUAKE FISH)
Lot 219 - NE1122

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Lot details

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

Boldly carved as a reclining monkey with crossed legs leaning against a giant namazu – in this case not a common catfish but the legendary earthquake fish – and using his double-gourd (hyotan) as a pillow. The namazu and monkey both with subtle incision work heightened with sumi. The underside well carved with both animals’ bodies and two asymmetrical himotoshi. Beautiful, deep-yellow patina.

LENGTH 4.3 cm

Condition: Very good condition, appealingly worn, expected age cracks, traces of use.
Provenance: Ex-collection Teddy Hahn, Darmstadt. Theodor “Teddy” Hahn (1933-2012) was a well-known and respected collector of netsuke and other Asian works of art. After spending time in museums to study the early cultures of the world, finding particular interest in their sculptures, he began collecting, remarking, “I somehow knew it would have a profound influence on my life. How right I was. And how happy I have been.”

Auction comparison:
Compare a closely related ivory netsuke of a monkey and namazu, 18th century, at Bonhams, Netsuke from a European Private Collection, 8 May 2016, London, lot 34 (sold for GBP 1,875 GBP).




Trade Certificate: The trade certificate for the sale of this lot within the EU has been granted (permit number AT 22-B-0558).

 
 

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