antique netsuke

Kitsune netsuke
Ivory netsuke of a Kitsune, Dancing fox19th centuryHeight: 7.4 cmProvenance:Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, 1966In the traditional Japanese mythology the kistune are a very common subject: long-lived creatures with great intelligence, they are able to develop supernatural powers such as the ability to change appearance and deceiving people by assume human form.At fifty years old, the kitsune gains the ability to turn into a woman or to possess the body of human beings (kitsunetsuki)At the age of a thousand years, it becomes white or gold, increases his powers and ascends...

Nagoya school, early 19th century Signed Tadashige  in a rectangular reserveLength: 3.8 cmA sleeping Shojo, the head resting heavily in an upturned hand as it surrenders to the sedative effects of too much sake. The long, delicately carved hair cascades down the body. In reference to the Shojo's natural home by the seashore, she wears a woven outer robe over loose trousers carved with a rippling wave design. The worn reddish-brown wood has a lovely patina.Famous in Japanese folklore for their orangey-red face and hair, a Shojo (literally “heavy...

Netsuke ashinaga-tenaga
Ashinaga and TenagaEarly 19th centuryIvory netuske,Ashinaga ("long legs") and Tenaga ("long arms") are two Chinese mythical figures who use their abnormally long limbs to fish: with his long legs, Ashinaga can easily emerge from the waters of the rivers and watching everything from above, while Tenaga sinks his long arms into the water, searching fishes or shellfish of which both are greedy. This couple brought their example of the benefits of a peaceful cooperation, transforming what might appear at first as a physical disfigurements, in a mutually beneficial feature...

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