By a member of the Miwa school, signed Miwa and kakihan
Japan, Edo (Tokyo), 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
Well carved as a temple guardian seated on a huge sandal, clutching his leg with both hands, a small inlaid pellet indicating the use of moxa, his expression amusingly distorted as a result. Large, generously excavated himotoshi underneath, the signature MIWA and kakihan within a raised rectangular reserve.
LENGTH 4.8 cm
Condition: Good condition, the wood slightly worn.
Provenance: European collection.
The kakihan used on this netsuke corresponds to kakihan ‘o’ reproduced in Meinertzhagen, Frederick / Lazarnick, George (1986) MCI, Part A, p. 560.
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