An ivory netsuke set on a base surmounted by an elephant and a baku. The elephant with a typically long trunk and large ears has its head lowered and is touching the bushy tail of the other baying animal that resembles a tapir, though with tusks. It is known that the appearance of the Baku was heavily influenced by the tapir, which was treated in Chinese art as early as the Han-dynasty. Extraordinary patina typical for an early and well-loved piece. Central himotoshi on the underside.
HEIGHT 3 cm
Condition: Very good age-related condition with expected age cracks and stunning patina.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.
The baku is known to consume nightmares and was therefore considered a talisman against bad sleep.