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Vintage Japanese Okimono
Wandering Sage
Toba On Horse
Signature: Shushi. Circa: mid 1900's

h. 4.35 in.(11cm), w. 1.25 in.(3cm), d. 1 in.(2.5cm)
Condition: excellent!

Toba (Soshi) was a 11th century Chinese statesman, calligrapher and poet of the Song Dynasty. Accused of intrigue by the emperor he went into exile. Hence he exemplifies the free spirit of a wise man. As portrayed in this Showa Period ivory okimono, 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 this finely detailed figure that hold the rope to the horse high-lighted the melancholy disposition of the wise man. The dense and smooth natural material has a beautiful cream patina and an even shine and is in perfect condition.

Netsuke Sig Shushi

Private Collection

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