A walrus ivory netsuke stained immaculately in Osaka style, not far from the skill of Mitsuhiro. The netsuke consists of two parts, the top section shows the crab (kani) with eyes and pincers. The base shows the underside of the carapace - the eight legs are carved with an incredible sense of realism. The cord channel on the underside is ringed in silver and the inside shows a central peg for himotoshi. Interestingly, a wooden peg is fitted on the side, so that the netsuke could also be used as a pill box. The inside is stained deep red. Netsuke of crabs are incredibly rare.
DIAMETER 3.1 cm
Condition: Very good condition. There are a few tiny scratches on the inside of the upper part.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.