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Antique Japanese Wood Netsuke
Okame
Coral and Jewel Inlays

Signature: Rakumin, Circa: mid 19th Century
h. 2.5 in.(6.25cm), w. 1 in.(2.5cm), d. 0.75 in.(2cm)
Condition: very good

This is a substantial and exquisite masterpiece by the 19th century artist Hogen Rakumin. Rakumin was the founder of two large schools and is known for both his work in ivory and wood with inlaid materials.

Carved of lightly stained pine, this netsuke exhibits consummate detail and workmanship. The gracefully draped cloth of the kimono is patterned with a subtle symmetrical pattern. Okame carries a miniature pouch replete with kagamibuta. She also carries a a pipe case on her back. The bottoms of the soles of her shoes show minuscule marks of uniform stitching. Her face is rendered here in ivory as a traditional Noh mask, the archetype of the delightful girl. The figure features nine inlays of ivory, horn, pearl and red coral and is subtly signed by the artist on the left side beneath the tobacco pouch. This exceptional find is a highly rendered example of the art form. (SD)

Rakumin Signature
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Okame Netsuke

Okame is the Shinto Goddess of Mirth she is also known as Ame no Uzume, a plump merry Shinto goddess whose dance brought the Sun Goddess, Amaretsu out of hiding.

  
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