An ivory netsuke
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An ivory netsuke

SIGNED OKAKOTO (KYOTO), EDO PERIOD (MID-19TH CENTURY)

Details
An ivory netsuke
Signed Okakoto (Kyoto), Edo Period (Mid-19th Century)
Katabori, lightly stained ivory; a standing figure of a Westerner in a curly wig, his mouth open, bending slightly forward at the waist, wearing a ruff and a long coat tied at the waist in an elaborate knot, a tasselled, trumpet-mouthed musical instrument in his left hand, his right hand behind his back supporting a small child which climbs on his left shoulder, the himotoshi formed by two holes, one larger than the other, in the back of the figure, the larger hole below the smaller, signed with incised characters in a rectangular reserve to the right of the larger hole Okakoto, feet restored
4.9 x 3.1 cm. (1 15/16 x 1¼ in.)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 29 November 1984, lot 25 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. E-27).
Special notice

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Lot Essay

This is another unusual example of a figure netsuke carved by a member of the second generation of Kyoto netsuke carvers.
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