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Contemporary Japanese Carved Netsuke
Traveling Sage
On Camel

Netsuke Signature: Masanao, Circa: 20th Century
H 1.75 in.(4.5cm), W 1.5 in.(4cm), D 0.8 in.(2.25cm)
Condition: o.a. very good!

Masanao Netsuke
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A most intricate contemporary netsuke portraying an unusual motif of a sage riding on a camel. Presumably inspired by Chinese paintings of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), many of which depicted holy men of India wandering on camels to China via the Silk Road. Astonishingly small in size, this beautifully realized figure of a holy man in form and spirit, with immaculate technique and meticulous detail rendered on a plane about half of an inch, completed with handsome and expressive features embedded in a face no larger than the head of a match.

Signed Masanao inside a sumi inked reserve on the oval shaped base. The carver of this superb netsuke is attributed to a member of the famous Masanao lineage, which is composed of generations of master netsuke carvers since the 18th century. As stated in “Contemporary Netsuke” by Miriam Kinsey: Shinzan Masanao is among the first-rank twentieth-century carvers. The Sage On Camel netsuke may well be the work of one of his four daughters.

  
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