Old Dead Leading Newly Dead
Signature: Keido Circa: early 1900s'
H 2.75 in.(7cm), W 1 in.(2.5cm),
D 1 in.(2.5cm)
elegantly carved skeleton pair is a superb specimen of a early 20th century netsuke.
Which depicts conceptualized skeletons of two deceased souls.The standing figure
is likely to be the servant of Emma-O, and the kneeling figure is a newly deceased
man praying for mercy in front of the King of Hell. Unlike many produced under
a single prototype, this is one rare design with only a few netsuke found in known
collection. This fascinating ivory netsuke is signed Keido, a late Meiji era artist
with rare output.
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