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Lot 0192
By Shoko (1915-1970), Tokyo, Mid 20th century. The empty cicada shell resting on a partially curved leaf, the back split from its escape and the front legs hooked under the leaf on either side and pulling it up as it held on during the effort, stained a warm chocolate brown color and smoothly polished, the himotoshi are carved under the stem that is curled underneath. Signed on the underside, Shoko to. Miriam Kinsey described him as the "Most original of the So-school carvers and one of the most skillful and imaginative of twentieth-century carvers." 1 3/4in (4.5cm).

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192: A wood netsuke of a cicada shell.

Estimate $5,000 - $6,000Dec 7, 2012
Falls Church, VA, USA