By Tadatoshi, signed Tadatoshi 忠利
Japan, Nagoya, first half of 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The expressively carved mask depicting the Thunder God Raijin, also known as Raiden, his fierce face with pierced large bulging eyes, a broad nose with flaring nostrils, and the mouth wide open revealing sharp fangs, his beard in curls at the chin and flame-like spikes at the cheeks, his eyebrows of similar form. The bridge with a single himotoshi and the signature TADATOSHI in ukibori, very typical of the Nagoya school.
HEIGHT 5.5 cm
Condition: Very good condition with minor surface wear, occasional light scratches.
Provenance: European collection P. Jacquesson, acquired at Nagel, 19 May 2006, Stuttgart.
Tadatoshi was an accomplished carver of the Nagoya school and a pupil of Tametaka. He was active between the early and mid-19th century. Mask netsuke by Tadatoshi appear to be extremely rare, this piece possibly being unique, with no others recorded in public collections and only very few spurious examples on the auction market.
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