Kaigyokusai boar

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Kaigyokusai boar

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A black wood and ivory netsuke of a boar and snake

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School of Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, Osaka, late 19th century 

Inscribed Kaigyokusai.

4.5cm (1¾in) wide.

FOOTNOTES

木・象牙彫根付 猪に蛇 銘「懐玉斎」 19世紀後期

 

Provenance: 

Douglas J. K. Wright, London, 1960.

 

Published: 

Katchen, N7, vol.1, p.119, no.K9.

 

The boar lying with its head lowered, one leg over a rock at its side through which the snake winds, the eyes of pale translucent amber with dark pupils, the rock inlaid with lichen in green-stained ivory.