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Katalognummer: NE1119-045
TOMOTAKA: AN IVORY NETSUKE OF TWO ARM WRESTLING NIO ON A WARAJI
By Tomotaka, signed Tomotaka
Japan, Edo, ca. 1860, Edo period (1615-1868)

An Edo-school ivory netsuke depicting two Nio, their eyes inlaid with black horn, engaged in the sport of udezumo (arm wrestling), on top of a giant waraji (sandal). The netsuke is an emblem of endurance and strength. Finely carved details and very good staining. Signature TOMOTAKA 友高 in a wavy reserve on the underside above a central himotoshi. Tomochika school.

LENGTH 5.2 cm

Condition: Excellent condition, two very faint age cracks.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.

Nio are athletic temple guardians, whose sculptures are seen by the entrance gates of Buddhist temples. It was thought that offering a sandal to their sculptures would heal the exhausted feet from the long pilgrimages to the temples.

Nachverkauf:  Sold / Verkauft

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