Japanese Ivory Netsuke
Holding Scroll by Deak
Netsuke Signature: Masasugu, circa:
late 19th Century
H 1.5 in.(4cm.), W 1.5 in.(4cm.), D 1.25 in.(3cm.)
Condition: no himotoshi, very good !
delicate small netsuke size okimono in well marked cream ivory, depicting a youthful
geisha at her writing table with a scroll, leaning on her left hand, her legs
folded under her. Her hair is carefully coiffed, her eyes outlined in black ink,
with a touch of red color still clinging to her lips. The ink-grinding stone and
brush holder are more commonly the attributes of a scholar, suggesting that this
geisha is practicing her literary skills.
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