Peach leaves, Kokusai


Tokyo, late 19th century.

Height: 3.9 cm.

W.W. Winkworth, London and the Isle of Wight Lazarnick,“Meinertzhagen Card Index”, p. 372, recorded with a drawing.

Sydney L. Moss Ltd., “Kokusai The Genius (vol. II)”, 2016, no.143.

A wood and stag-antler manju-like netsuke of irregular, organic form, the light driftwood ridged in form and applied to the obverse with three stag-antler leaves in various forms of decay, fallen haphazardly on a tree stump, all above a largeish stag-antler square seal carved in sunken relief on a hatched ground: