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Boxwood netsuke of a Dutchman returning from the hunt with a deer slung and draped over his shoulder and held by the antlers and one of the deer’s forelegs.  The Dutchman has long, curly hair and sports a hat with the brim totally upturned.  He appears to be laboring as his mouth is open as though gasping for breath with his right leg with typical clogs on a segment of cut tree trunk.  The eyes, buttons and some of the robe decorations are inlaid in dark horn.  The signature, “Hideyuki”, is etched into a rectangular gold plaque inset into the bottom of the tree stump along with an inscription, “”.  Showa period, ca. 1985.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orangutan
 
Rare and beautiful pink ivorywood (wood—not elephant ivory) netsuke of a very pensive seated Orangutan seated on a limb (shown in section) with arms crossed and resting on her knees which are pulled up to the chest as she ponders in solitude with a slightly wistful but wry expression with evocative eyes that are double-inlaid in light and dark horn. Magnificently realistic carving with very finely-incised hair work. The carver’s initials, “NL” (Nick Lamb) have been etched onto his typical diamond-shaped gold plaque which is inlaid into the bottom of the piece. 2013, Heisei period. Height 5.2cm (2in.) SOLD
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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