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Zodiac Dragon Netsuke
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Antique Japanese Zodiac Netsuke
Coiling Dragon
Signature: Yoshizan, Circa: Early Showa Period

H 1.5 in.(3.8cm.), W 1 in.(2.5cm.), D 1.25 in.(3cm.)

Condition: very good!

The dragon (tatsu) is considered an auspicious, benevolent magical creature. It symbolizes highest achievement in men, and the ever renewal energy of the cosmo. According to Japanese belief, dragon netsuke bestows five blessings to the netsuke bearer– wealth, harmony, longevity, virtue and health. The dragon is also the fifth zodiac creatures. It represents the third month and the morning hours between 7-9 am. Dragon years are: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, and 2000. People born in the Year of the Dragon are strong and courageous. They are considered special because of dragon represents celestial powers.

Carved by an unknown artist Yoshizan. This netsuke of a couching dragon on a rock is radiating with energy. With mouth wide open, its body frolicking into a spiral, forming a wave shape with carved through openings. A netsuke of superb composition... despite that the netsuke was likely produced for import during the early Showa period.

 
  
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