A compact and accomplished study of a quail on two millet heads, the leaves going up the side of the quail (uzura). The quail represents martial spirit and is also a symbol of poverty. Quail and millet together are a symbol for autumn. The plumage of the quail is naturalistically carved, as well as the millet with its smooth leaves. Natural himotoshi and signature located one of the leaves OKATOMO.
HEIGHT 2.2 CM, LENGTH 3.7 CM
Condition: One eye has been replaced, otherwise excellent condition
Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 47