antique netsuke

A wood netsuke of a tanukiby Kokei, early 19th centuryRacoon dogWooden netsukeSigned: KokeiHeight: 3.5 cmThis netsuke represents the Tanuki (raccoon-dog) while he is beating his distended belly like a drum. The Tanuki is part of Japanese mythology and often appear in Japanese folklore as a shape-shifter with supernatural powers and mischievous tendencies. Can transform into any living or inanimate shape, but often assumes the form of a monk or a tea kettle to play tricks on people. In legends, the Tanuki can cast powerful illusions: they can turn leaves into fake money or horse...

Tengu no tamago19th centuryWood netsuke. Eyes inlaid in horn  Lenght: 4.2 cmThe 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 eyes are of pale translucent horn with dark pupils.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...

Netsuke in avorio raffigurante uno straniero
Netsuke representing a standing Dutchman holding a deer leg18th century7.2 cmThe stranger has an amused expression showing all the typical characteristic as the curled wig and beard, the rounded eyes and the quite large nose. He is wearing an unusual long robe.Representations of strangers with meat was quite common since Japanese did no use to eat animals; being carnivorous became then a typical feature of the ijin, or "different people”.Netsuke for sale. Price on application. Please include item stock number: net-1166  

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