By Risuke Garaku, signed Tomotada 友忠
Japan, Osaka, late 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
Finely carved as a recumbent ox with a young oxherd, the boy dressed in an elaborately decorated robe, holding the rope halter of the ox as he tries to clamber onto its back. The ox with curled horns, piebald fur, and inlaid eyes. Generously excavated himotoshi through the underside and signed Tomotada in an oban-shaped reserve.
The work is stylistically quite clearly that of Risuke Garaku, the oban-shaped signature reserve being also characteristic of the artist. It is not uncommon that the works of Garaku and Tomotada are signed interchangeably, indicating that these artists must have worked together at some point in time.
LENGTH 6.4 cm
Condition: One foot, one horn, and a section of one ear are restored to near invisibility. Otherwise, fine condition with typical wear and age cracks. Presents beautifully.
Compare to a closely related ivory netsuke of an ox with oxherd by Garaku, at Bonhams, The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art, Part IV, 6 November 2013, London, lot 60 (sold for 4,375 GBP).
Trade Certificate: The trade certificate for the sale of this lot within the EU has been granted (permit number 22NL308329/20).
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