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Zanmai Shishi
Manju netsuke of s Shishi, in obvious caricature of the fierce open-mouthed mythological creatures that are so much a part of netsuke through the centuries.  The eyes are deeply set and fangs bookend the evident teeth.  The curls and the mane are finely-carved though, of course, compressed as the manju-form dictates.  The signature, “Zanmai”, is incised into the bottom of the model without a reserve and between the forepaws.  Heisei period, 2010.
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Kansui Bat and Pup
Stained boxwood netsuke of a standing Bat and Pup hanging on her back.  Her left wing is swept in front of her like a cape and the right wing envelops her underneath forming the base.  The baby uses the claws at the end of her open wings to latch onto her mother’s back.  The faces of these bats are characteristically humorous with large recessed ears and fierce-looking countenances and eyes that are inlaid in dark horn.  The signature, “Kansui”, is incised into the bottom of the carving without a reserve.  Netsuke is accompanied by a calligraphed storage box (tomobako).  Showa period, ca. 1985. SOLD
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Akira “The Gift”
Lacquered boxwood netsuke that the carver has entitled, “The Gift”, of a Squirrel setting up housekeeping in a red lacquer Apple with an intact stem, attached to which are two green lacquered  undulating leaves.  His bushy tail is evident, extending through the rear “door” or the apple and curled up.  The eyes of the squirrel are inlaid in dark horn as he extends a tiny apple to an unseen visitor.  The signature, “Akira” is etched onto an almond-shaped gold plaque that is inlaid into the bottom of the composition. Netsuke is accompanied by a calligraphed storage box (tomobako).  Heisei  period, 2009.