with Mask in Pill Box
Signature: Yukimasa, Circa: Early 1900's
in "Contemporary Netsuke" by Miriam Kinsey, pg. 210
2 in.(5cm.), W 1 in.(2.5cm.), D 1 in.(25cm.)
left foot restoration, else in perfect condition!
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is a versatile artist. Born in November, 1914 in Gifu City. Originally intended
to be a painter. He began to studied art at twelve, then at fifteen he studied
under Koshin Akiyami, who carved netsuke, okimono, and Buddha statues in both
ivory and wood. He has been carving since 1930, with a prolific portfolios of
netsuke in the collections of American and European collectors. He is especially
well known for his animals and original designs portraying life and customs of
the Edo period. Usually use ivory but occasionally boxwood. Sometimes use stain,
color, or inlay. His wife Harue assisted him by doing staining, coloring and polishing.
He is using the name Yukimasa on his works of finest quality, Masatomo on works
of human figures, and Tomoichi on animals.