Antique Meiji Polychrome Netsuke
Removing Hair Pin
Signature: Hoyuki, Circa: late 19th Century
1.75 in.(4.5cm), W 1.5 in.(4cm), D 1.2 in.(3cm)
Condition: minor usage worn, oa. very good!
rare, well executed poly-chrome netsuke, depicts an apprentice geisha in the midst
of removing her hair pin. Her feminine movements are skillfully rendered in the
folds of material, as is her hair, finely carved kanzashi stuck through to keep
its shape together. A red nagajubon, an indication of her apprentice rank, beautifully
trims the intricately patterned kimono; a knot of obi softly drooping from the
middle of her back. The geisha raises her hand in slight embarrassment, gracefully
lifting the focus of the piece from her face to the whole of her appearance. Signed
in red coral reserve with some minor wear and discoloration on the front. Otherwise
in very good condition.