Kitsune (foxes) are known to have magical powers and the ability to shapeshift, some even believe they are animated by devils. The present netsuke shows a fox holding a drum between its paws – an allusion to the kabuki play Yoshitsune Senbon-Zakura, where a fox transforms into Sato Tadanobu, who retrieved the Hatsune drum made from the skin of his parents, who were powerful kitsune. Natural himotoshi and a fine patina especially to the underside.
HEIGHT 4.5 cm
Provenance: European collection.
Condition: Very good condition, fine patina especially to the underside