Ɏ MITSUHIRO: A FINE WALRUS TUSK MANJU NETSUKE DEPICTING A SPARROW AMONGST BAMBOO…
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Ɏ MITSUHIRO: A FINE WALRUS TUSK MANJU NETSUKE DEPICTING A SPARROW AMONGST BAMBOO

Ɏ MITSUHIRO: A FINE WALRUS TUSK MANJU NETSUKE DEPICTING A SPARROW AMONGST BAMBOO By Ohara Mitsuhiro (1810-1875), signed Mitsuhiro 光廣 with kakihan Japan, Osaka, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Of circular form, the thick manju netsuke finely inked and carved in kebori and katakiribori with tall bamboo stalks and a sparrow ascending in flight. The verso left uncarved to reveal the exquisite natural milky inclusions of the tusk. The cord attachment through the eyelet peg housed inside the central himotoshi. Signed to the obverse MITSUHIRO with the artist’s typical kakihan. DIAMETER 4.6 cm Condition: Very good condition with minor wear and few light scratches. The himotoshi peg is a replacement. Literature comparison: Compare a closely related ivory manju netsuke by the same artist with a near-identical motif, signed Mitsuhiro with kakihan, illustrated in Ducros, Alain (1987) Netsuke & Sagemono 2, p. 156-157, no. 252/254. Auction comparison: Compare a related ivory kagamibuta by the same artist carved in a similar technique albeit with a falcon, signed Mitsuhiro with seal Ohara, at Bonhams, The Harriet Szechenyi Sale of Japanese Art, 8 November 2011, London, lot 187 (sold for GBP 5,000). 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.

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Ɏ MITSUHIRO: A FINE WALRUS TUSK MANJU NETSUKE DEPICTING A SPARROW AMONGST BAMBOO

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