An unusual netsuke in the form of a square two-part manju style netsuke consisting of a bronze bowl and a rectangular ivory plate with a himotoshi loop in the back. The ivory plate depicts the legend from Japanese folklore of the Bunbuku Chagama. In the legend a poor man sets a tanuki free, which in return transforms into a kettle, so that the man can perform with it on the street and become wealthy. Finely carved in shishiabori (sunken relief), the man is visibly delighted holding the tanuki tea kettle. Signature HIROMITSU in the front.
LENGTH 4 CM
Condition: Very good condition, the bowl with some oxidation on the inside
Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 167