14 November 2001
A Wood Netsuke
Signed Jotenko (?Yamada, Ise Province), Edo Period (Mid-19th Century)
Katabori, stained boxwood; a crisply carved model of a cockerel sitting on the ground with its long tail curved round, the feathers executed in careful detail, the himotoshi formed by a larger and a smaller hole in the base, signed with incised characters underneath the breast Jotenko
1 3/16 x 2in. (3.0 x 5.3cm.)
Mary Louise O'Brien collection
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Mary Louise O'Brien, Netsuke: A Guide for Collectors (Rutland, Vermont, and Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle & Co., 1965), no. 127.
This unusual three-character signature is not recorded, but the style is close to that of Masanao and other carvers working in Yamada, Ise Province.
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