A compact and finely carved ivory netsuke showing the three heroes of the Han-dynasty Gentoku, Chohi and Kan’u. Also called the Shoku no San-ketsu, the three met in a peach orchard and swore to restore the crumbling Han-dynasty to its former glory. In this netsuke the three are shown determinedly huddled together and standing proudly. From left to right: Kan’u (Guan Yu) is shown holding his Guandao sword and pulling on his pointed beard. Chohi (Zhang Fei) is standing in the middle with his arms crossed. Finally, Gentoku, appearing almost like Shoki and holding a sword with a lion mask handle, is on the very right. Cleverly placed ‘natural’ himotoshi behind the sword of Chohi at the back and signature SEKIKO 石光 – Tomochika school.
HEIGHT 4.9 cm
Provenance: British private collection.
Condition: Excellent condition.