A rather large ivory netsuke depicting a mother supporting her child on her back and holding a large tea kettle. The woman is a Bijin (beautiful lady) – a symbol of eroticism, as the netsuke has light shunga undertones, the mother’s sensitively crafted breasts are revealed. Furthermore, she represents fertility and devotion, as she carries her child and a tea kettle, presumably to her husband. The robes of the two are carved exquisitely, adorned with geometrical motifs. Good himotoshi in the back as well as the signature TOMOCHIKA 友親 in a slightly polished reserve.
HEIGHT 6.6 cm
Condition: Very good condition with slightly worn features and faint age cracks.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.
Probably one of the finest netsuke by Tomochika to grace our rooms.