Wood Netsuke

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Oni
Boxwood netsuke of a kneeling Oni singing and playing a drum, his mouth agape in wild delight. The musculature and expression are finely carved and detailed with the signature, “Hokan”, incised into the bottom of the drum. Meiji period, late-19th century.
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Hotei and Karako
Boxwood netsuke of a standing Hotei and Karako draped over Hotei’s shoulder. This very early carving is noteworthy for the wonderfully warm patina and the lovingly happy facial expressions. The signature, “Bunkoku,” is incised into the bottom of Hotei’s right foot. Early Meiji period, 18th century.
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Man Applying Moxa
Boxwood netsuke of a seated Man Applying Moxa to his right shin with his hooded face evidencing an expression of severe discomfort as he grabs his right foot with his left hand. This very early carving is unsigned and bears a lovely, warm patina. Early Edo period, late-18th century.