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A MASTERFULLY CARVED WALRUS TUSK RYUSA MANJU NETSUKE DEPICTING AN OLD DRAGON ATTRIBUTED TO HASEGAWA IKKO

Unsigned, attributed to Hasegawa Ikko, walrus tusk ryusa manju netsuke with mother of pearl and dark horn inlay
Japan, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The beautifully openworked ryusa manju depicts a contorted wise and old dragon. The scales are carved precisely, and the difficult material is utilized to perfection, the porous structure of walrus tusk mirroring the depiction of the evanescent aged dragon. The dragon's expression is anything but ferocious, but rather whimsical, with dense and furrowed brows- a stark contrast to the young and ferocious dragons usually depicted in netsuke art. The claws in the front and the eyes are inlaid in mother of pearl, and the long barbels are inlaid in dark horn. Singular himotoshi on the reverse. The quality and style of the carving, the expression and the style of inlay are all coherent with carvings of Hasegawa Ikko, one of the most influential netsukeshi of the 19th century.

DIAMETER 5 CM

Condition: Excellent condition
Provenance: British collection

Literature comparison: Compare to a manju with dragon and Tiger signed Ikko in The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum Part A, Frederick Meinertzhagen (edited by George Lazarnick), New York, 1986, page 223.
Auction comparison: Compare to a similar unsigned manju sold at Sotheby's, Netsuke From the Collection of Raymond and Frances Bushell, London, 18 November 1999, lot 225.

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€1,800.00

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A WALRUS TUSK RYUSA MANJU NETSUKE OF AN OLD DRAGON

Estimate €1,800 - €3,500
2d21h4m57s
€1,8000 bids
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