AN ANTLER NETSUKE OF A CHINESE IMMORTAL AN ANTLER NETSUKE OF A CHINESE IMMORTAL
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AN ANTLER NETSUKE OF A CHINESE IMMORTAL

AN ANTLER NETSUKE OF A CHINESE IMMORTAL Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Finely carved from a hollow section of antler, the immortal holding a long staff with a craggy knob and a basket, wearing heavy robes falling in voluminous folds incised with cloud and crosshatched patterns. His benevolent expression animated by his dimpled cheeks and incised short beard. The underside with a plug to the natural hollow of the antler. Two functional himotoshi to the back, the larger hole generously excavated to accommodate the knot. HEIGHT 8.6 cm Condition: Very good condition with only minor wear. Literature comparison: Compare a related antler netsuke of a Chinese man with a horn, unsigned, illustrated in Moss, Paul (2016) Kokusai The Genius: and Stag-antler Carving in Japan, vol. I, Sydney L. Moss Ltd. p. 35, fig. 20. Auction comparison: Compare a related antler netsuke of a sage with a crane, unsigned, dated 18th century, at Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 22 April 2022, Vienna, lot 251 (sold for EUR 4,045).

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AN ANTLER NETSUKE OF A CHINESE IMMORTAL

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