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Tadatsune Netsuke

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Antique Japanese Edo Netsuke
Tadatsune
Slaying Boar

Signature: unsigned. Circa: early 19th Century
h. 1.25 in.(3cm.), w. 2 in.(5cm.), d. 1 in.(2.5cm.)
Condition: Excellent!

This beautifully executed netsuke depicts a samurai riding backwards on a raging boar, holding what appeares to be a snake, which is tightly wrapped around the boar's hind leg. The subject of this netsuke actually depicts the legend of Todatsune (Nitta no Shiro), who was a retainer of the first shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo during the 12th century. Unfortunately, the boar killed was actually a Shinto Deity, thus Tadatsune fell under a curse, and was eventually banished by the shogun only a few years later.

The figures of this netsuke are carved fully in depth, executed with motion and force. The netsuke is unsigned. On the basis of a virtually identical piece recorded by Neil K Davey in Behrens Collection #3593, it can be tentatively attributed to the hand of Yamaguchi Okatomo, or one of his Kyoto school pupils during the late 18th to early 19th century period. The netsuke is slightly worn and has a rich honey patina with an even shine. There are no crack lines and the netsuke is in mint condition.

  
  
  
  
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