A rare netsuke from the pioneer of netsuke carving in Tokyo/Edo. Depicted is a seated Chajin (tea ceremony master) holding a tea jar in his lap. He is almost completely enveloped in his robe and has a powerful expression, enigmatic, earthly and unusual – idiosyncratic of 18th century Miwa. Beautiful patina of the wood which seems to be finished with a thin coat of lacquer. Large, generous himotoshi on the underside next to the signature MIWA 三輪 and characteristic kakihan, identifying this as Miwa I.
HEIGHT 3.4 cm
Condition: Excellent condition with stunning patina.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection. Probably acquired at Lempertz, 28 November 1986, no. 656.