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Shakkyo Netsuke

Antique Japanese Carved Netsuke
Noh Theatre Mask Actor

Netsuke Signature: Shugetsu, Circa: Meiji

H 1.5 in.(3.8cm.), W 1.25 in.(3cm.), D 1 in.(2.5cm.)
Condition: slightly worn, no losses

The Noh theatre play Shakkyo describes how the Japanese Buddhist monk Jakusho Daishi traveled to Mt. Tien Tai (Terrace of Heaven) in China, by the Shakkyo bridge he saw the lions dancing. This popular play depicts actors performing a boisterous dance with a white haired, and a red haired lion mask.

Dated as early as 1764 to the Meiji era in the early 20th century, Hara Shugetshu is one of the most important name in the history of netsuke. There were four generations of famous Shugetshu(s), which made dating and authenticate of this netsuke a darning task. Nevertheless, a similar wood netsuke of the same prototype by Hara Shugetshu is currently in the collection of National Museum of Tokyo. Therefore, we believe that the case for genuineness of this netsuke is best rest on the connoisseurship of collectors

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