Antique Japanese Netsuke
with Mala Beads
Yuji, Early 19th Century
2in.(5cm), W .75in.(2cm), D .75in.(2cm)
joined in namaskara mudra with prayer beads hanging on wrists, the representation
of an fox priest illustrates the horror and transformative power of demon fox
in Chinese folklore, and the Japanese Kyogen play entitled "Konkai", The Cry of
The Fox. Through my tireless research on this ultra fine artist, the name Yuji
is found listed in "The Signature Book of Netsuke, Inro and Ojime Artists In Photographs"
by George Lazarnick. Other record of Yuji
is on "Contemporary Netsuke" by Mariam Kinsey. On page 222, Yuji is
also known to signed
his name Kogyoku and Masatoshi. With few
of his carvings are found in the American and European collections.
Sold To Private Collection