Meiji Period wooden netsuke showing a recumbent boar




A Meiji Period hand carved wooden netsuke showing a recumbent boar.

This superb hand carved netsuke was produced in Japan in the late nineteenth century. It dates from the Meiji Period (1868 - 1912) and shows a recumbent wild boar or Inoshishi. In this form, the Inoshishi symbolises honesty, faithfulness and determination. The wood is unidentified but has a strong grain and is an unusual choice for carving. It is signed to the base in an ivory inset reserve. The netsuke is beautifully carved, the boar's face full of character and the clever use and choice of material enhances this extremely pleasing work of Art.

   This delightful and rare netsuke is 5.3 cm long 2.7 cm at its deepest point and stands 3 cm at its highest. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing only light wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.