Netsuke in avorio raffigurante uno straniero
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Netsuke representing a standing Dutchman holding a deer leg

18th century

7.2 cm

The 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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