Ɏ AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A FOX PRIEST (HAKUZOSU) Ɏ AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A FOX PRIEST…
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Ɏ AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A FOX PRIEST (HAKUZOSU)

Ɏ AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A FOX PRIEST (HAKUZOSU) Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Standing in priestly robes, a large cowl draped over its head, slipping from its head to expose its pricked ears. The sly expression suggesting the nefarious intent of the disguised fox, mouth slightly opened, its human hands leaning against a bamboo cane. Functional himotoshi through the back, the larger hole generously excavated to accommodate the knot. Beautiful, deep honey-yellow patina. HEIGHT 6.3 cm Condition: Good condition with minor wear and its left hand lost. Provenance: Estate of Albert Brockhaus (1855-1921), acquired on 2 December 1907. Lempertz Cologne, 27 June 2020, lot 517. German private collection, acquired from the above. Hakuzosu is the name of a popular kitsune character who shapeshifted into a priest in the Kyogen play Tsurigitsune. Kitsune are creatures imbued with magical powers and are known to have the ability to shapeshift. They are also believed to be animated by the devils. This item contains ivory, rhinoceros horn, tortoise shell, and/or some types of tropical wood and is subject to CITES when exporting outside the EU. It is typically not possible to export such items outside of the EU, including to the UK. Therefore, after this item has the necessary trade certificate, it can only be shipped within the EU or picked up in our gallery in person. Trade Certificate: The trade certificate for the sale of this lot within the EU has been granted (permit number AT 24-B-0052).

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Ɏ AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A FOX PRIEST (HAKUZOSU)

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