A fine Edo Period carved wood netsuke showing Kitsune by Masamitsu

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A fine Edo Period early nineteenth century hand carved wood netsuke by Masamitsu.

This charming and fascinating netsuke was carved by the master carver Masamitsu in the early part of the nineteenth century. It shows Kitsune, the fox, a shape changer, half way through the act of becoming a Priest. Now standing vertically, the fox has changed his skin for robes, though the fox face is still evident under the hood and, delightfully, when the figure is upturned, little fox feet are seen. The netsuke is signed just to the left of the himotoshi at the back of the figure. The face is masterful, at once sly and benevolent, a tour de force of artistry.

   This fine Edo Period netsuke by Masamitsu stands 4.5 cm high, is 2 cm at its widest point and 2. 5 cm at its deepest. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing light wear appropriate to its age, function and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.