This kagamibuta netsuke shows in high relief the head of an actor playing as Kamakura Gongoro Kagemasa in the kabuki play Shibaraku. Kagemasa fought for the Minamoto clan in the Gosannen war of Japan’s Heian period and was famous for losing an eye during battle. He is depicted here with a grim face with gilt protruding eyes, one of them looking straight and the other crossing (indicating his lost eye) and wearing a hair helmet.
DIAMETER 4.6 CM
Condition: The manju ivory bowl with some discoloration and cracks and the inside area of the bowl with some glue residue; the lid with greenish patina. Generally, in good condition
Provenance: British private collection