A very unusual netsuke of a running boar, specifically the surface which is in part due to extensive handling of the piece. The surface appears almost like ceramic – from the gloss of the material to the natural flaws of the ivory, appearing like firing faults, and the somewhat crude, yet charming details of the carving. Perhaps this is intentional and is imitating ceramic. However, the carving is ivory and shows a fat boar, galloping with a humoristic expression; the eyes are inlaid with black horn. The large, used and irregular himotoshi further illustrate that this is an early netsuke.
LENGTH 5 cm
Condition: Good and worn condition.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.
Auction comparison: A Kyoto ivory netsuke of a running boar was sold at Bonhams, Fine Netsuke from the Adrienne Barbanson Collection, 13 May 2013, London, lot 25.