Mid eighteenth century carved bone netsuke. Pierced gourd.

£835.00

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Mid eighteenth century carved bone netsuke. Pierced gourd.

     This remarkably rare netsuke was carved in Japan in the mid part of the eighteenth century. Unusually it still retains its original metal mounts. The finely decorated gourd is liberally pierced and has a screw top stopper. Gourds had many uses in Japanese mythology, from being simple water containers, to having magical properties, for example Chokaro Sennin uses one to hold his horse, released by blowing into the top.

    This fine and rare netsuke is 4.5cm long and 2.5cm in diameter at its widest point. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.

Ref; Netsuke by Mircea Veleanu. Page 151. Published by Schiffer.