21 September 2006
A Colored Ivory Netsuke**
Meiji period (late 19th century), signed Yasuaki and sealed Kodama
Carved as a man dressed in a brown kimono kneeling on a cushion, a short sword thrust through his sash at the back, beneath his cushion lie three game cards; head and tongue moveable; details lacquered
1 1/8in. (2.9cm.) high
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George Lazarnick, Netsuke and Inro Artists, and How To Read Their Signatures, vol. II (Honolulu: Reed Publishers, 1982), p. 1217.
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