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Twelve Zodiac Animals Netsuke

Antique Japanese Netsuke
Twelve Zodiac
Animals

Netsuke Signature: Shosai, Late 19th Century

H 2 in.(5cm.), W 1.75 in.(2.5cm.), D 1.25 in.(3cm.)
Condition: Good, slight worn

Chinese calendar years are make up with animal symbols. Each governs one year out of a total of twelve zodiac signs. According to legend, creatures of the zodiac were determined as the Buddha Shakyamuni attaining Nirvana.

Zodiac animals netsuke(s) are quite popular as since many buyers ordered carvings depicting the animals under whose influence they were born. As shown in this compact netsuke. Twelve animals are tightly woven into the tiny spatial configuration: boar, dog, rooster, monkey, goat, horse, snake, dragon, hare, tiger, ox and mouse. Their features are enlivened, and the composition given focus on the dragon reigns atop. It is a fine netsuke with no damage of any kind.

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