Mitsu ivory netsuke

Osaka, late 19th century

pair of fugu fish

length 1 7/8 in., 4.7 cm

a grouping of two blowfish, one larger than the other, their smooth distended bellies touching, their backs and fins finely stippled, the himotoshi formed by the tail of the larger fish curling up to touch his dorsal fin, the pupils of the eyes inlaid in dark horn, signed Mitsu saku

Expressions of Style: Netsuke as Art, New York, Scholten Japanese Art, August 2001, no. 171


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