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18th Century Coral Inlaid Netsuke
Inu + Keyaki
Bony Dog with Ball

Attributed to Tomotada (Shichiemon Izumiya) ?
H 1.75 in.(4.5cm), W 1.75 in.(4.5cm), D 0.75 in.(2cm)
Condition: minor age cracks, o.a. very good!

A magnificently realized inu with head turning back, holding a keyaki in its two front paws, eyes inlaid in round umimatsu, layers of defined brisk hairlines over a wavy rib cage, two himotoshi are formed between its body and hind legs. The superb artistry and style are consistant with its 18th century Kyoto school origin. Since Okatomo’s dogs are realistic, well-fed with an emphasis on naturalism, while Tomotada rendered dogs are in similar naturalism at times, many of his stylized inu are more bulky, authoritative characteristics that are comparable with the bony look and feel of this rare unsigned work. As Ueda Reikichi stated in The Netsuke Handbook: “His carvings were so alive and vivid that reportedly only a glance was necessary to determine their authenticity.” Therefore serious netsuke collectors are invited to take a closer look with the inu in hands and draw their own conclusions. (Two similar inu signed Tomotada are illustrated in “Netsuke, A Comprehensive Study Based On The MT Hindson Collection” by Neil K Davey. Pg.70-71, fig.180, 182.)

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