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Japanese Zodiac Netsuke
Yoshizan, Circa: Early Showa Period
H 1.5 in.(3.8cm.), W 1 in.(2.5cm.), D 1.25 in.(3cm.)
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.