Meiji Period ivory netsuke showing Noh Theatre masks




Late nineteenth century Meiji Period ivory netsuke showing Noh Theatre masks.

This finely carved ivory netsuke was produced in Japan towards the end of the nineteenth century. It shows a collection of masks, worn in the Japanese formal theatre. Characters here include an Oni (Demon) Hannyah, Okame, Shojo, Kitsune and Hyotokku. The netsuke is beautifully balanced and detailed and was certainly intended for use rather than as an art object. It is signed Rakuosai and was made in around 1870.

This fine Early Meiji Period ivory netsuke is 3.5cm high, 3.7cm long and 2cm deep. (Measurements approximate). It shows wear appropriate to its age and function. It has no damage and no restoration.