Japanese Stag Antler Tsutsu
Floral Motif Pipe case
Signature: not translated, 19th Century
H 8 in.(20cm), W 1.5 in.(3cm), D 1.5 in.(3cm)
Japan, the pipecase (or tsutusu) was one of Edo gentlemenís essential accouterments
along with his netsuke. The Japanese pipe case is made to specifically hold the
kiseru, a long stemmed and tiny bowl pipe that holds no more than three-puffs
of tobacco. This 19th century stag horn tsutsu is beautifully formed from the
natural stag horn. The artist has gracefully synthesized the natural grain of
the horn with highly detailed carving: A beautifully embossed leaf and angled
branch holds a bursting pod. The pipecase is embellished with a tassel and a carnelian.
This tsutsu is in excellent condition and is signed with seal mark by the artist.
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