Published: Östasiatiska Museet (1999) Netsuke, p. 23.
Exhibited: Östasiatiska Museet, Sweden, Stockholm, 16 October 1999 –9 January 2000.
The tall wood netsuke depicting Seiobo, the queen mother of the west, holding a finely carved fruiting peach branch before her. Her coat is inlaid with horn buttons, her sleeves are incised with scrolling patterns, and a large sun hat is carved on her back. Good, worn himotoshi through the side and backside.
HEIGHT 10.3 cm
Condition: Very good condition with expected surface wear.
Provenance: Ex collection Mrs. Gunvor Bjorkman.
According to legend Seiobo lived in a nine-storey palace made from pure jade, surrounded by a garden where her magical peaches grew, which grant immortality to anyone who eats them.