Late nineteenth century ivory netsuke Manzai dancers



Late nineteenth century ivory netsuke Manzai dancers.

    This finely carved stained ivory ivory netsuke was produced in Japan at the end of the nineteenth century. It shows two entertainers, Manzai dancers, performing their ancient dance to celebrate the New Year. One wields a fan while singing accompanied by his companion who beats a hand drum (otsuzumi). Entertainers such as these were often itinerant, travelling throughout Japan to entertain the crowds at New Year and other festivals.

    This fine quality ivory netsuke dates from the Meiji Period. It stands 4.1cm high, is 4cm wide and 2cm deep. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing wear appropriate to its age. It has no damage and no restoration.