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19th Century Japanese Netsuke
Sambaso
Court Dancer
Signature: Shogetsu, Circa: Edo-early Meiji
Recorded artist in The Comprehensive Study Based
On The MT Hindson Collection by NK Davey #2439

2) Y. Okada Netsuke Tokyo 1951
3) Reikichi, U. The Netsuke Handbook of Ueda Reikichi
4) Private notes of W.W. Winkworth
H 2.75 in.(7cm), W 1.75 in.(4.5cm), D 1 in.(2.5cm)
Condition: excellent

A superb cream white netsuke carving by Shogetsu, a netsuke-shi listed in Netsuke by Neil K. Davey as working between 1804-1830, depicting a Sambaso dancer in ceremonial attire. Masterfully carved with distinctive characterization and supremely delicate handling of details--the thin folding fan with its separated blades, the braided rope tied under the dancer’s chin, the fluttering fine-edged silk sleeves and engraved embroideries with themes of water, earth and heaven as plants, waves, and birds among clouds. Contours of the face are rendered with perfection, the eyes and brows fine and expressive. The stance is lively and naturalistic, the dancer gripping the handle of the suzu bells as he shakes them to ward off any remaining kami, demons or ghosts.

Sambaso Dancer Netsuke
Private Collection

Sambaso is an ancient ritual dance that originated as a ceremony to thwart earthquakes and to drive off demons by the rattling of suzu bells held by female Shinto shrine attendants costumed in traditional robes. It first appeared in the palace repertoire in 773 C.E.

  
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