Japanese Carved Netsuke
On Rock with Flywhisk
unsigned, Circa: early 19th Century
2.2 in.(5.6cm), W 1.7 in.(4.3cm), D 1.2 in.(3.5cm)
Condition: usage worn, o.a. very good!
to be immortal and possessors of magical powers, the Chinese legend of sennin,
a mythical variation of the Taoist, has lasted for thousands of years, predating
even Buddhism. This good size ivory netsuke shows a gleeful sennin sitting on
a rock formation in royal ease position. In his left hand he holds a fly whisk,
an item of leadership often held by sages, and a signifier of the value of all
life. Deeply carved lines create a vivid and sturdy sculpture. The piece is aged
attractively from use, tactile and has aji (the agreeable feeling one gets when
holding the piece). Unsigned, this piece predates the mid-19th century, a time
when most netsuke carvers began to use signatures. Before this time it was considered
arrogant to use one's name. This piece is in very good condition.
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