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Ɏ A FINE WALRUS TOOTH MANJU NETSUKE OF A COILED DRAGON

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Japan, first half of 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Finely carved as a coiled dragon, partially executed in sukashi-bori (openwork), its twisted body forming an ideally shaped netsuke. The two-horned dragon has inlaid eyes of dark horn and minutely incised scales, as well as flames emanating from its body. The surface with a lustrous, glossy patina. Natural himotoshi.

LENGTH 3.7 cm

Condition: Superb condition, stunning patina, expected surface wear.
Provenance: Ex-collection Jury Kolodotschko, purchased at Kunsthandel Klefisch, Cologne, Auction 89, 27 September 2008, lot 11.

Starting price
€600
Estimate
€1,200
 

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Unsigned
Japan, first half of 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Finely carved as a coiled dragon, partially executed in sukashi-bori (openwork), its twisted body forming an ideally shaped netsuke. The two-horned dragon has inlaid eyes of dark horn and minutely incised scales, as well as flames emanating from its body. The surface with a lustrous, glossy patina. Natural himotoshi.

LENGTH 3.7 cm

Condition: Superb condition, stunning patina, expected surface wear.
Provenance: Ex-collection Jury Kolodotschko, purchased at Kunsthandel Klefisch, Cologne, Auction 89, 27 September 2008, lot 11.

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Auction: Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, Fri, 16th Apr 2021


ANYONE ELSE FEEL LIKE A BEACH HOLIDAY IN EDO JAPAN?

Perhaps one would encounter a similar scene as on our cover image. We hope that ‘diving’ into our catalog may evoke a similar feeling. After all, you will encounter all kinds of creatures, odd beings, and legendary figures in here, offering a small glimpse into a world which has inspired Japanese art throughout the centuries. It is truly wonderous how one can travel back in time by holding a netsuke in the hand, and while many of you will not be able to handle them until after the sale, we hope that our descriptions and photography may compensate for the time being. Now without further ado, please do DIVE IN!

 

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