fine netsuke carving portrays two karako (Chinese children) jovially playing Sugoroku,
a Japanese dice game. The details on this piece are remarkable, from the beautifully
rendered garments that the children are wearing, to the dice throwing jar that
contains a set of minutely carved dice. The game board is inlayed with black horn
and mother of pearl, giving off a particular gleam when exposed to light. The
children’s faces are lightly etched, but with a great clarity of expression.
piece is signed by Norishige, a native of Edo who was carving during the middle
of the 19th century. He is known for his excellent technique in ivory and wood
carvings, his lightly carved but elaborate dress patterns, and original designs
and subject matter. Asides from a few hairline cracks on the game board and the
base, this piece is in excellent condition. A beautiful and interesting carving
from a known master of the art.