Japanese Carved Netsuke
to Chokaro's Gourd
Gyokushi, Circa: 1900s'
H 2 in.(5cm.), W 1.25 in.(4cm.), D 1 in.(2.5cm.)
Condition: very Good!
is a sennin who carries a gourd, within which is a magic horse believed to be
able to travels to heaven and other side of the world in minutes. Here in this
unusual depiction, the magic horse appears rising from the gourd, yet he is tied
to a loose ring before
roaming skyward. The seemingly simple design is
beautifully balanced, with curving back and ears poking through the neatly carved
mane, front hooves are standing firm on the gourd, compactly forming a tactile
netsuke from a single piece of natural material, marked with striations and light
cream to gold in color, finished in a high hand polish, moist looking, dense and
pure. Signature fluidly carved on base next to two himotoshi.
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