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Stag antler netsuke of Fukurokuju19th centuryHeight: 8 cm Stag antler netsuke, of tubular form carved as a mask of Fukurokuju with his characteristic large cranium and long beard.Sku:net1154 

Netsuke of a sleeping mermaidPeriodo Meji (1868 - 1912)Grès netsukeHeight: 3.7 cmMermaid and merman (ninhgyo) were illustrated in imported and locally published encyclopedias distributed in Japan during the eighteenth century. They fit nicely in the category of anthropomorphic monsters long seen in Japanese art. In the encyclopedias, however, they were classed with mythical people such as Ashinaga and Tenaga. Mermaid imagery, considered semi-erotic, reached the highest of its popularity in the eighteenth century and early nineteenth century, although interest was revived in the late...

Netsuke with a wasp in a pearNagoya school, 19th centuryWood netsuke;  the wasp's eyes inlaid in dark hornUnsigned, attribuited to KogetsuHeight: 4.4 cm A fine netsuke o a wasp feeding on the rotting flesh of a pear, the rough texture of the skin of the fruit rendered with little pimples in ukibori.Kongetsu is the most famous of the so called group of "wasp carvers" which include four other artist. This piece is very realistic, especially for its naturally carved himotoshi: On all the known examples of "wasp on pear" netsuke, ...

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