A wood netsuke of a cockerel, by Hokyudo Itsumin

A wood netsuke of a cockerel


By Hokyudo Itsumin

Edo school, mid 19th century

Wood netsuke. Eyes inlaid in green horn with dark pupils

Signed Itsumin to

Lenght: 3.5 cm.


Arlette Katchen collection

A. Katchen, Netsuke 7, vol.1, Paris (K. R. Publishers, 2010), vol.1, p.209, no. K27.

The rooster is shown seated, its head turned to the left, with its tail feathers sweeping over its left flank and its legs drawn in for compactness.

Mainly a wood carver, Hokyudo Itsumin is well known for his finely detailed netsuke. Working generally on larger size, almost okimono, his small animal studies are rare and always of very high quality.


The rooster is the tenth symbol in the Japanese Zodiac. As a rooster (“tori” in Japanese) is associated with gain, it is considered as a lucky animal for business.

Netsuke for sale. Price on application. Please include item stock number: net-1339

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