Snail and reishi (ii), Kokusai


Tokyo, mid to late 19th century, circa 1860s - 1880s.

Length: 4.1 cm.

Richard Silverman, Los Angeles

Lazarnick, “The Signature Book”.

Sydney L. Moss Ltd., “Eccentrics in Netsuke”, 1982, no. 80.

Moss Ltd., “Kokusai The Genius”, 2016, no. 87.

June Schuerch, Santa Barbara CA                                                                     

A stag-antler netsuke of a snail crawling, body and shell less markedly angled, onto the head of a reishi fungus on its stem, its two antenna-end “eyes” inlaid in dark buffalo horn or jet.

Square sunken relief seal at the base of the stem: