antique netsuke

A wood netsuke of an islander19th centuryWooden netsukeHeight 6.5 cmThis netsuke shows a Pacific Islander with a spyglass or telescope. At the time of the opening of Japan to Western trade and religion, there was genuine concern that the inhabitants of the islands would be terrified by the strange attire and looks of the sailors and Sea Captains. To avoid this, a print of a sailing ship and her crew was circulated. At this time, the first Westerners allowed into Japan were the Dutch, who used Pacific Islanders as crew members. The print showed one such Islander with a spyglass...

Wood netsuke of a Dutchman19th centuryHeight: 8.5 cmNetsuke with a standing figure of a Dutchman in a curly wig, his mouth open, bending forward at the waist, a tasseled, trumpet-mouthed musical instrument in his right hand, his left hand behind his back supporting a small Chinese child (karako) which climbs on his right shoulder.The theme of foreigners, known during the Edo period as ijin or "different people”that indicates all the “non-Japanese", came from the strict rules intended by the Tokugawa shogun about the relationship between the archipelago and the...

Ivory netsuke tengu no tamago
An ivory netsuke of a hatching tenguTengu no tamago19th centuryIvory netsuke. Eyes inlaid in dark hornLenght: 3.6 cm The hatching tengu levering itself out of a broken egg with both hands while, with one wing, trailing over the shell which is engraved with simulated cracks. The tengu are mythological creatures of ancient japanese tradition identify both as kami (gods) and as yokai (demons). They are usually represented as bird man with a long prominent nose or, as in the case, with a beak. Netsuke for sale. Price on application. Please include item stock number: net-1238

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