Netsuke DOG with bell by SEIKOKU ex Meredith // Ivory netsuke of a seated dog licking its hind paw and wearing a cloth collar with a bell on it. Superb quality carving - see its face and body bulk. Good compact shape, cord hole is formed by is left hind leg, very beautiful even grained ivory, remarkable patina. Eyes are double inlaid with light and dark horn, signed IKKO SEIKOKU by its tail.
19c netsuke lacquer boy bekkako by TATSUKE TAKAMASU // golden lacquer netsuke of a sitting boy tugging at his face below his eye with a smiling expression, his tongue sticking out while he is hiding a toy drum / rattle behind his back. This gesture, called Bekkako, is from a child's game and translates as something like "see my eye" while teasing a playmate and inviting him to guess what is hidden behind your back.
19c netsuke SKELETON & scull by TOMONOBU // 19th century ivory netsuke of a huge scull with skeleton seated behind it holding lotus stems with buds and a Buddhist rosary in its hands. Excellent Buddhist subject, great facial expression (if you can call it a face), the piece being comical and somehow sad. Superb quality carving - see the finely represented bones. Beautiful patina on a very good quality material. Signed TOMONOBU in irregular reserve
Netsuke resting MANCHURIAN CRANE by BISHU // Ivory netsuke of a resting Manchurian crane with elegantly bent neck, its wings forming an arch above its back. Signed with round seal MISHU on the bottom next to its right leg - the artist is Bishu - one of the best 20th century netsuke carvers.
Wood Netsuke as a Mouse // A wooden netsuke formed as a mouse, its tail and front paws protectively wrapped around a chestnut. Delicate incised work, soft modeling of the body and raised eyes add to this mouse’s charm and tenderness. In addition to corresponding to the first sign of the zodiac, the mouse or rat, is associated with fertility and wealth, and lucky god Daikoku’s attribute.
Wood and ivory netsuke: Dōjōji, carved by Kōnan Minkō - From Japan - Edo period, 19th century AD // Dōjōji, is a Nō drama which tells of the passion of a young girl, Kiyohime, for the monk Anchin. He hid from her under a temple bell. She turned into a dragon, coiled around the bell and fried him with the heat of her passion. The white-tinted face of Anchin can be seen through a crack in the bell.