A tall ivory netsuke of Ashinaga (long legs) and Tenaga (long arms). The pair from the Kyushu islands work together as fishermen. Ashinaga is standing in the water supporting Tenaga on his back while he pulls out a well-carved seabream with his long arms – a remarkable feat of complimenting strengths. Amusingly, the two are struggling with their ‘normal limbs’ as Ashinaga barely can hold Tenaga with his stumpy arms, while the latter is struggling to support himself with his short legs. This strain is evident in their expressions. The eyes are inlaid and glaring, the ivory is smooth and is pleasing to the touch with spots of honey patina. The backside, with excellent himotoshi, is covered in a beautiful shimmering honey patina.
HEIGHT 11.4 cm
Condition: Very good condition with expected age cracks and very appealing patina. Minor losses to the inlay of the eyes of Tenaga.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.