japaneese art

Wood netsuke of hare
A wood netsuke of a hareHareBy Masanao, YamadaIse Province, 19th centuryWood netsuke; eyes inlaid in amberSigned: MasanaoLenght: 4.2 cm ProvenanceArlette Katchen collectionLiteratureA. Katchen, Netsuke 7, vol.2, Paris (K. R. Publishers, 2010), p. 141, no. K176 The hare is shown seated, its head raised and turned to the left, its forelegs outstretched and one hind leg forming the himotoshi.Ever present in Japanese folklore, and one of the twelve animals of the zodiac cycle, hares are a common theme for Japanese art. The term usagi can, in fact, be translated as both “rabbit...

Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)Late 19th-first half of the 20th centuryPainting with fan, Moon and Plume GrassFan-leaf mounted as a kakejiku (hanging scroll), ink, colors, and gold wash on paper, depicting a stand of susuki (plume grass) against the moon, ivory jikuSigned: Sekka 雪佳 with seal Seisei 青々Mounting: 143.5 x 68.8 cm Painting: 53 x 17.4 cm Provenance:Patricia Milne-Henderson CollectionHosomi Museum, KyotoLitterature:Kamisaka Sekka: Rimpa Master - Pioneer of Moder Design,  Kyoto 2003, p.117 n. 48Painter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important...

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...

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