• Lot 462

    Five ivory netsuke


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    Five ivory netsuke
    19th Century
    The first depicting the drunk priest Sukumamo dancing with a bronze incense-burner on his head, holding a sceptre in one hand and a fan in the other, signed Genryosai; the second depicting a Ranryoo dancer wearing a ferocious-looking mask with moveable jaw, huge teeth and crowned by a dragon's head, holding a stick in his right hand; the third depicting a foreign entertainer standing on one leg, holding a drumstick in his left hand, a mask tied around his waist; the third depicting a young acrobat standing on his hands wearing a shishi-mask and holding a hand-drum to his breast, signed in an oval reserve Shogyoku; the fifth depicting a dancer masquerading as Inari, the god of rice, harvest and abundance, holding a smith's hammer symbolising his assistance to the swordsmith Munechika, on his headdress a small fox representing his messenger, signed Soichi
    Sizes ranging from 4.3 cm. to 6.7 cm. high (5)

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    The dance named after Sukumamo was called Kanae Kaburi (Incense burner on head).

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