MODERN WOOD

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Meishu Hen and Chick
Boxwood netsuke of a recumbent Mother Hen and Chick with the mother feeding a regurgitated worm to her offspring.  The feathers and details are finely-incised  and the signature, “Meishu” (Akihide), is incised in a rectangular reserve on the bottom of the model. Netsuke is accompanied by a calligraphed storage box (tomobako).  Showa period, ca. 1965.
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Ikku Mobius Bird
Ebony netsuke of a very stylized, Mobius Bird with multi-colored inlays of lacquered metal.  The beak is at top-right of the photo; the wings are routed out indentations in the side tips of the Mobius design.  The signature, “Ikku”, is incised onto a raised rectangular reserve on the lower back of the model.  Showa period, ca. 1985.
 
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Meikei Samurai Street Entertainer
Stained boxwood netsuke of a Samurai Street Entertainer, balancing on one foot, singing and playing two drums with inlaid sticks, his mouth agape and his penetrating eyes double-inlaid.  The drums are stacked one atop the other and suspended in a contraption that goes over his head, the back board of which says, “新装開店 (now open), 曙骨董屋(Akebono Antique Shop)”  His robes are also covered with everyday kanji  as a decoration. That he wears a top-knot (chonmage) and carries a sword—here inlaid with a tsuba of light horn and a scabbard and handle of dark horn—indicates that he is a samurai who is quite obviously down on his luck and creates a tragic but symbolic connotation to an otherwise fun netsuke.  The signature, “Meikei”, is camouflaged among the kanji on the robe on the right leg.  Dated, 7 Heisei period, March 26, 1995. seihousai 明恵 Meikei
 
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