Tengu no tamago

19th century
Wood netsuke. Eyes inlaid in horn  
Lenght: 4.2 cm

The hatching tengu levering itself out of a broken egg with both hands while, with one wing, trailing over the shell which is engraved with simulated cracks. The eyes are of pale translucent horn with dark pupils.
The Tengu are mythological creatures of ancient japanese tradition identify both as kami (gods) and as yokai (demons). They are usually represented as bird man with a long prominent nose or, as in the case, with a beak.

Netsuke for sale. Price on application. Please include item stock number: net-987




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