By Kogyoku, signed Kogyoku 光玉
Japan, Edo (Tokyo), mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The adult tucking its head and legs inside its shell, its two young clambering on its back, all with neatly incised carapaces. The underside with two asymmetrical himotoshi and the signature KOGYOKU – the artist is apparently affiliated with Komin, who made similar groups of tortoises.
HEIGHT 3 cm
Condition: Very good condition with minor wear, few minuscule nicks. Fine, dark patina.
Provenance: French private collection.
For a similar netsuke by Komin, see Lempertz, Netsuke from the Albert Brockhaus Collection, 27 June 2020, Cologne, lot 1157 (sold for 1,250 EUR).
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