Ɏ RYOZAN: AN AMUSING IVORY NETSUKE OF AN ONI CARRYING A BONSHO AND CHOCHIN, CHOC…
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Ɏ RYOZAN: AN AMUSING IVORY NETSUKE OF AN ONI CARRYING A BONSHO AND CHOCHIN, CHOCHIN NI TSURIGANE

Ɏ RYOZAN: AN AMUSING IVORY NETSUKE OF AN ONI CARRYING A BONSHO AND CHOCHIN, CHOCHIN NI TSURIGANE By Ryozan, signed Ryozan 良山 Japan, Tokyo, Meiji period (1868-1912) The repentant oni depicted crouching as he attempts to balance a bonsho (bell) and chochin (paper-lantern) on his iron club. The muscular oni dressed in a short loincloth, his face carved with a tight-lipped smile, the fangs poking through, as he begrudgingly looks up, focusing on supporting the weight of the bell which is much heavier than the lantern. Asymmetrical himotoshi to the side and signed to the underside of the lantern RYOZAN. LENGTH 4.2 cm Condition: Very good condition with minor wear. Provenance: Collection Gabor Orszagh, Budapest, Hungary. Chochin ni tsurigane is a metaphor for an ill-matched pair, like a paper lantern matched with a temple bell. A huge bronze bell hangs from the beam of the belfry of a Japanese Buddhist temple. Paper lanterns are also often seen hanging. In other words, a paper lantern resembles a temple bell in the sense that they both can be seen hanging. But that is about the only point of similarity between them. In all other points the one can hardly bear comparison with the other. Hence, the proverb is often used as a metaphor for an unequal match, especially for a morganatic marriage, that is, a marriage between a man of high rank and a woman of lower rank. Trade Certificate: The trade certificate for the sale of this lot within the EU has been granted (permit number AT 24-B-0138). 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 RYOZAN: AN AMUSING IVORY NETSUKE OF AN ONI CARRYING A BONSHO AND CHOCHIN, CHOCHIN NI TSURIGANE

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