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Cock Fighter Bobble Headed Trick Netsuke
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Antique Japanese Meiji Netsuke
Cock Fighter III
Bobbled Head Netsuke
Signed: Masakazu, Circa: 1868-1911
Recorded in: NETSUKE by NK Davey #1413
H 2 in.(5cm), W 1.25 in.(3cm), D 1 in.(2.5cm)
Condition: excellent!

A rare find-- this carving is one of an unusual collection of five venerable gentlemen who have come together to enjoy a popular entertainment of retired elders--cockfighting. Created in the mid-Meiji era when Japanese craftsmen began making novelty netsuke for the amusement of Western collectors, this market gave rise to many forms of ingenious creation, some with movable eyes or heads, some as intricate scenes hidden within a nut or a clam, or articulated insects and sea creatures.

All are carved from tusk tips, close grained and well marked with striations and cross hatching, engraved with foliate and geometric designs, hair and script accented with sumi. In addition to his prized fowl, one seated gentleman is holding up a book about netsuke. The man in the soft hat has elongated “royal” earlobes. The second seated man holds a reishi mushroom, the fungus of immortality, while the standing man in the tall hat holds a fruit, possibly the bilwa which is an auspicious symbol of health and longevity.

  
  
  
  
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