BRONZE BUDDHAWOOD BUDDHASTONE BUDDHAJAPANESE NETSUKE
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Antique Japanese Manju Netsuke
Saki Seller
Dressed in Raincoat
Signature: unsigned, Circa: 19th century
H 1.9 in.(4.8cm), W 1.9 in.(4.8cm), D 0.6 in.(1.5cm)
Condition: hairlines, o.a. very good!


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Saki Seller Manju

Manju netsukes named after the traditional Japanese confection, are flat and circular in shape. This beautifully rendered netsuke is spare but profound in its design. The sake seller depicted here has an accentuated dimensionality that leaps out of the ivory and a face that conveys unique personality and character. The vendor’s saki jars swing back and forth as he strides forward. The saki seller wears a traditional straw raincoat as protection from the elements. On the flipside of th manju there is a beautiful intricate design that mirrors traditional textile patterns. This Edo era netsuke is in very good condition. It is not only intriguing to the eye but highly compelling to the touch.

The character of the sake seller is central to the kabuki-noh play “Sukeroku Yukari no Hatsuzakura". Here a shojo disguises himself as sake creating a comedic drama of missed identities. In Japan, sake is an integral part of not only festivities of celebration but is also consumed as part of Shinto purification rituals. Sake is also often served during the light meal eaten during tea ceremonies. (SD)

  
  
  
  
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