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Antique Japanese Netsuke
Rakan
Cuddling Pup
Netsuke Signature: Ryochika. early 19th Century

h. 1.5 in.(4cm), w. 1.3 in.(3.5cm), d. 1 in.(2.5cm)
Condition: excellent!


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Rakan Shishi Netsuke

This netsuke depicts a Rakan, one of the sixteen disciples of Buddha, cuddling a pup while leaning against a writing table. Itís possible that this Rakan is a variation on Hattara Sonja, who is traditionally pictured in a similar pose with a white tiger. Regardless, the overriding picture one gets is of a Buddhist saint quelling the wild animal with his serenity. The scene is skillfully brought to life, the curly haired Rakan (indicating his Indian Origins) leaning back while petting the docile puppy. The bottom of the piece displays an attractive wood motif, and provides an interesting contrast with the rich palate of colors that cover the upper portion. It is a piece that seems to of passed through a great many hands, and gives off a palpable sense of history. A true antique. It is signed by Ryochika, though no information has been found on this artist. Asides from one hairline crack on the Rakanís head, the piece is in excellent condition.

  
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