Japanese Ivory Netsuke
Taoist Sage On Horse
Netsuke Signature: Gyokushin, circa:
3in.(7.5cm), W 1in.(2.5cm), D 0.75 in.(2cm)
Condition: Very Good!
This early 20th Century Meiji Period ivory netsuke depicted Toba is wandering
on a horse. A highly stylized outstanding prototype. The details over the face
of Toba is remarkably expressive. The acute gesture of his finely detailed hands
that hold the rope to the horse high-lighted the docile animal with great charm.
The composition is seamless. The netsuke is in perfect condition, it has a beautiful
cream patina which comes only with age.