By Naito Akimatsu (Kyokusho), signed Kyokusho 旭松 to 刀
Japan, Tokyo, c. 1897, Meiji period (1868-1912)
Of muso-zutsu type and carved extremely fine in shishiaibori (sunken relief) with an image of a tennin (apsara), her elaborately carved robe and scarf gracefully flowing. She looks downwards, her facial features sensitively crafted and radiating with compassion and wisdom. The Buddhist angel wears ornate jewelry and holds two lotus stems with a sutra scroll attached. Signed to the back KYOKUSHO to (carved).
LENGTH 23.5 cm
Condition: Excellent condition. Some tiny surface scratches.
Provenance: German private collection.
Naito Akimatsu (Kyokusho) was a member of the Tokyo Sculptors’ Association from 1904 to 1922.
In the list of competitions of the Tokyo Choko Kai (Tokyo Sculptors’ Association) he is mentioned as the winner of two awards at the 12th sculpture competition held from 3-25 March 1897, one of them being for our kiseruzutsu depicting a tennin (Source: Yasutami, Fukui (1996), History of Japanese Ivory Carving, p. 237).
Another kiseruzutsu by this rare and exceptional artist was sold at Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 27 March 2020, Vienna, lot 266 (sold for 3,033.60 EUR).
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