Tamba school wood netsuke

19th century

manju carved with ho-o bird

length 1 5/8 in., 4 cm

extremely finely carved ho-o (phoenix) rests on a bed of foliage, the feathers and leaves wrapping around to the reverse side where the leaves and branches part to reveal the stipled surface of a fruit, the himotoshi with one larger opening to receive the knot of the cord, the plume of the bird inlaid in pale pink coral and the eyes double-inlaid in light and dark horn; unsigned

Expressions of Style: Netsuke as Art, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, August 2001, no. 198

another view


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Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
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