Late nineteenth century ivory netsuke landscape



Late nineteenth century ivory netsuke landscape.

   This finely carved ivory netsuke was produced in Japan at the end of the nineteenth century. It is of a very unusual form showing buildings with figures at the base of a mountain covered with trees and is a tour de force of highly detailed carving. Although the carving offers the opportunity for natural himotoshi, there are standard himotoshi (holes for the cord of the Inro to pass through) to the base. This is an unsigned example dating from the Meiji Period.

   This charming hand carved ivory netsuke stands 2.75cm high, is 3.2cm wide and 2cm deep. (Measurements approximate). It shows wear appropriate to its age including minor age cracks acceptable to its substance. It has no damage and no restoration.