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Karako Ivory Netsuke

Antique Japanese Ivory Netsuke
Karako
Wearing Chinese Sailor Hat
Netsuke Signature: Gyokuzan. Mid 19th Century

h. 1.5 in.(4cm), w. 1.5 in.(4cm), d. 1 in.(2.5cm)
Condition: no himotoshi

Listed in: The Netsuke Handbook by Ueda Reikichi Pub. Tuttle, Tokyo 1961
Netsuke Familiar & Unfamiliar by Raymond Bushell Pub. Tanko Weatherhill, Tokyo 1975
The Raymond & Frances Bushell Collection of Netsuke Pub. Los Angeles County Museum, 2003
Netsuke by Neil K. Davey Pub.Sotheby, London 1982
Collectors’ Netsuke by Raymond Bushell Pub. Weatherhill, Tokyo 1971
Netsuke by Joe Earle Pub. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2001
Netsuke, A Guide for Collectors by Mary Louise O’Brien Pub. Tuttle, Tokyo 1965

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An appealingly plump Karako in nearly translucent light cream ivory nicely marked with striations and expressively carved, a draped bow at the back falling softly over cloud embroideries, the hat engraved with a chrysanthemum, the round face and figure finished with a high hand polish with the artist’s signature on the bottom in formal kanji on a red lacquer reserve: Gyokuzan.

Since the 18th century there have been several netsuke-shi by the name Gyokuzan. The style and artistry of this excellent Karako strongly affirm attribution to the famous Asashi Gyokuzan of Tokyo, an ordained priest and a netsuke master whose illustrious career was marked by numerous prizes and awards. He was honored by Prince Norihisa in the presence of the Emperor during the Meiji era. Asashi Gyokuzan died on August 10th, 1923 at the age of 79.
  
  
  
  
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