Antique Japanese Carved Netsuke
Goddess Okame in Hot Tub
Signature: Hidemasa II, Circa: 19th century
Condition: very good!
Recorded in: Netsuke, A Comprehensive Study
Based on the M.T. Hindson Collection by Neil K. Davey, #581
H 1.25 in. (3cm), W 2 in. (5cm), D 1 in. (2.5cm)
Subtle humor permeates this netsuke. Bold cuts and engraved with fine lines, stained dark brown over chestnut color fruitwood, well carved and tactile with a mellow patina from usage. Depicting Okame, the Goddess of Mirth naked in the hot tub, enjoying a backrub by an Oni demon in a straw kilt, who is mischievously looking up with something in mind. The netsuke features double-shell inlays. Engraved in a rectangular abalone reserve is the name Hidemasa, of a famed family of netsuke carvers who lived in both Kyoto and Tokyo areas in the middle of the 18th and 19th centuries. Elegant and light-hearted in style. The signature appears to be consistent and genuine in our record of references.
Estimated Value $500
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