A finely carved netsuke depicting an adult boar with young resting on a bed of autumn leaves. The adult is peacefully sleeping, his left front leg resting under his body. The adult boar’s expression emits tranquility and is carved serenely. Unusually, the young boar seems to be awake, his eyes opened, and one fears he may wake the adult up. One larger leaf and thin grasses extend up the adult’s back, worn down from centuries of handling. This is exactly what makes this netsuke special! The patina is superb throughout – shimmering honey orange, worn in all the right places. One can immediately see that this is a worn and well-loved netsuke. Large himotoshi through the underside.
LENGTH 4.4 cm
Condition: Good worn condition with expected age cracks and beautiful patina. Old damage to the side of the leaf bed.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.