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Authentic Antique Japanese Netsuke
God of War
Kanu with Halberd
Signed: Tomochika (I), Circa: late 18th-19th Century
Netsuke by Neil K. Davey, Sotheby
Netsuke Handbook of Ueda Riekichi Tuttle 1961
Catalogue of the Behrens Collection, Henri Joly, London 1922
Netsuke by F.M. Jonas, Kobe, 1928

H 2 in.(5cm), W 1 in.(2.5cm), D 0.75 in.(2cm)
Condition: excellent!

Carved and signed in a wavy reserve by Tokyo netsuke artist, Tomochika (I) (1800-1873), this marvelous piece depicts Kanu, known for his immense size, calmly standing at ready, Green Dragon Crescent Blade in one hand, while gripping his finely etched black beard with the other. Precision detail covers this piece, from the soles of his feet to the etchings on his robe, the figure’s poise greatly accentuated by the clarity of minute detail. Surprisingly solid and sturdy, the ivory is lightly patinated, without any scratch marks, chips, or noticeable wear. Overall this piece is in excellent condition.

God of War Netsuke
Private Collection

Kwan Yu (Japanese: Kanu) was a military general during the Three Kingdoms period (220-280). He played a significant role in the civil war that lead to the collapse of the Han dynasty, and over time has become one of the best known Chinese historical and mythological figures. He is most famous for his characterization in the Chinese classic, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and is one of the most popular of Chinese divinities.

Kanu Netsuke Kanu Netsuke Signed Tomochika
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