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An ivory netsuke representing a fully inflated fugu fish. The eyes inlaid with amber. The skin rendered with dark stained dots. Showa period, signed in a rectangular reserve "jo no sai".
Size: 4,8 cm

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Wood netsuke representing Roko on a tortoise. Roko is a sennin (the Chinese immortal Lu Gnao). Sennin are beings who by ascetic practices have acquired supernatural power and an extended term of life, exempt from transmigration for one hundred thousand years. Ca 1800.
Size: H 3,6 cm

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Tsuishu (red carved lacquer) kurawa (ashtray) netsuke with silver bowl. A scene of Chinese sages under plum blossoms. Kurawa netsuke had a dual functionality and served simultaneously as an ashtray and netsuke. 19th century Unsigned.
Size: D 3,9 cm

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An early 19th century boxwood netsuke carved as a group of five mushrooms. Excellent detailed carving with naturalistic, well balanced shape and textures. Slight erotic connotation, as is usual with mushrooms in Japanese art. Signed "Tadayoshi" in ukibori. The artist was the most celebrated of the Nagoya school carvers and earned the title of Hogen. Published: Eskenazi 1998, European private coll. - n 180. Size: 3,1 cm

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Boxwood netsuke representing Shoki, the demon queller of Chinese origin (Chung k'wei - Tang Dynasty). Here portrayed with a bag full of oni (little demons) that are trying to escape. Signed: Toki hachi juu so Jugyoku (Reference: MCI 267).
Mid 19th century.
Size: H 4 cm