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LOT 37 - NE0421

By Yoshinaga, signed Yoshinaga 吉長
Japan, Kyoto, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Of triangular section (sankaku), the sennin standing on one foot with the other raised, wearing a loose-fitting robe neatly incised with scrolling cloud designs and diapered hems, holding a peach in one hand and grasping one of his toad’s three legs with the other, both with dark inlaid eyes. Two asymmetrical himotoshi generously excavated to the back, beside the signature YOSHINAGA within a rectangular reserve below the frog. Note the dynamic composition and compact form of this netsuke.


Condition: Excellent condition with only minor surface wear.
Provenance: German private collection.

Literature comparison:
A closely related netsuke by Yoshinaga is illustrated with a line drawing in Meinertzhagen, Frederick / Lazarnick, George (1986) MCI, Part B, p. 989.

Auction comparison:
Compare a closely related netsuke by Yoshinaga, dated to the 19th century, at Bonhams, Fine Japanese Works of Art, 22 March 2011, New York, lot 3016 (sold for 5,490 USD).

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