Tomokazu ivory netsuke

early-mid 19th century

octopus emerging from fish basket

length 2 1/2 in., 6.5 cm

large netsuke of a bundle of reeds containing a variety of sea creatures, a large tai fish secured to the outside by ropes, an octopus emerges, nearly escaping; the eyes of the octopus two of the fish inlaid with dark stone some staining to highlight details; signed on the underside within an oval reserve, Tomokazu

Scholten Japanese Art Exhibition Catalogue 2000, New York, September 2000, no. 52

Carlo Monzino Collection, Italy


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