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Antique Japanese Polychrome Netsuke
Night Watchman
Announcing Time

Signed: Mitsuboku, Circa: Taisho, early 1900s'
H 2 in.(5cm.), W 1.5 in.(4cm.), D 1.25in.(3.cm.)
Condition: Excellent !

This remarkable netsuke illustrates the affectionate portrayals of tradesmen and workers in the everyday life of the people, and although such works address mundane activities, they are far from mundane in their treatment, and generally can be found to contain lessons in Buddhist virtues. The Night Watchman is superbly carved revealing the artistís thorough grasp of character in the poignant bearing of the kindly old watchman, carrying a wooden clapper in his right hand, his left holding his lantern as he calls out the hour. He wears a simple robe and trousers with an outer coat of light red. Infinite care has been taken in the details of the fine woven fiber of his hat, the barely visible textured fabric of the coat, and with the aid of magnification it can be seen that his belt is fashioned from python skin of impossibly fine marking, and so while the subject is a modest one, the object itself is an extraordinary exercise in sumptuous perfection.

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