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Nio Guardian Tennin Netsuke

Antique Japanese Coral Inlaid Netsuke
Nio Kongorikishi
Dhamapala Protecting Tennin

Signature: Tomomasa (To) Circa: mid 19th century
Recorded in: Netsuke, A Comprehensive Study Based on
the M.T. Hindson Collection by Neil K. Davey, #2987
The Netsuke Handbook of Ueda Reikichi by R. Bushell #1208

H 2.5in.(6cm.), W 1.25in.(3cm.), D 1.25 in.(3cm.)

Condition: natural himotoshi, o.a. excellent!

A superb netsuke by a well known master, depicting Agyo Nio protecting a beautiful maiden or goddess, who is seen holding a lute, or koto. Masterfully carved in creamy ivory, well marked and polished to a high hand finish. Finely engraved hair, features and embroideries, the eyes of the Nio inlaid in black coral. The guardian deity is powerfully rendered, with rippling musculature and fierce expression, the mouth open with teeth individually carved and bushy eyebrows modeled as soft mounds of fur. The maiden, whose features and expression exemplify the Japanese ideal of feminine beauty, stands back modestly, attired in layered kimono and trailing scarves, the delicately patterned robes falling in graceful folds that cover her feet. The elegant coiffure is piled into two swirling coils ornamented with a flying bird. Signature without reserve on the bottom: Tomomasa. He is Listed in: Netsuke by A. Brockhaus, Leipzig 1905. The Art of the Netsuke Carver by F. Meinertzhagen, British Museum, London 1955.

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