japanese art

Netsuke con polpo
A wood netsuke representing an octopus dressed in kimonoSigned: MiwaEdo school, early 19th centuryKatabori wood netsuke, with eyes inlaid in dark hornHeight: 6.8cmProvenance:Arlette Katchen collectionThe semi-anthropomorphic octopus, dressed in a haori, stands on four tentacles that an entrapped tiny monkey tries to force. The composition refers to a tale in which Ryūjin, the Dragon King of Sea, falls ill and is told by his doctor, an octopus, that the only remedy for his sickness is the liver of a live monkey.There were a number of carvers using the name Miwa, all living in Edo, the...

Katana Yoshioka Ichimonji Late Kamakura period,  Mumei, circa 1320, Juyo Token
YOSHIOKA ICHIMONJI KATANALate Kamakura PeriodMumei, circa 1320NBTHK Juyo TokenNagasa [length]: 66.8 cmSori: 1.6 cm, motohaba: 3.0 cm, sakihaba: 2.1 cmSugata [shape]: Shinogi-ø, iori-mune, tori-zori curvature with chu-kissakiKitae [forging pattern]: Ko-itame mixed with nagare hadaHamon [ltemper line]: Choji midare, sometime saka-choji, mixed with ko gunome, in nioi dekiHataraki [activities]: Koashi, yōBoshi [point temper line]: Notare komi with komaru.Nakago [...

Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768)
HAKUIN EKAKU (1685-1768)Mamezo Hotei (Hotei in the Guise of a Street Performer)Edo period (1615-1868), mid-18th century Hanging scroll depicting Hotei as a street entertainer, wearing a happy expression as he stands on his begging bag twirling a water-filled dish using a bamboo pole held in his mouth. Seals: 顧鑑咦 (Kogani); 白隠 (Hakuin) and 恵隺之印 (Ekakunoin)Ink on paper, 129 x 32 cm164 x 40.5 cm overall  The poem reads: 目に津可は津連てござれ奈江戸品河乃奥まても If I can catch you eyespleasetake meto the inner partof Shinagawa in Edo  Mamezo was originally the name of a beggar...

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