Meiji Period ivory netsuke showing Kanzeon and Jittoku.

£1,435.00

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Meiji Period ivory netsuke showing Kanzeon and Jittoku.

This Meiji Period (1868-1912) hand carved ivory netsuke is of superb quality. It was produced in Japan towards the end of the nineteenth century. It shows the rare subject of Kanzeon and Jittoku. Kanzeon was a wise hermit who lived at the top of a mountain. his name translates as 'The one who constantly surveys the world, listening for the sounds of suffering' He is a Deity who has achieved enlightenment, but pospones Buddahood until all can be saved. He is nearly always depicted holding a scroll.

Jittoku was a foundling who was brought up in a Monestary, where he worked in the kitchens and swept the floors. He too, achieved great wisdom and it was he who delivered food to Kanzeon at the top of the mountain. He is nearly always depicted holding a broom. This magnificent ivory netsuke is signed 'Bunsho' and is of the highest quality.

This stunning ivory netsuke stands 3.7cm high and is 3.7cm at its widest point. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, bearing only light wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.