A fine mid nineteenth century naturalistic otoshizutsu.


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A Fine mid nineteenth century otoshizutsu. c.1860.

This exceptional carved wood otoshizutsu was made in Japan in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It is of naturalistic form, a manner of carving much prized by the Japanese of that period (See dried salmon ivory carved netsuke also listed). As far as is possible to tell, the pipe, or kiseru, is original. The colour and patina of this piece are outstanding. The otoshizutsu also has two tiny decorative inects inlaid in the manner of shibyama. There is a small crack as shown in the photographs, which is completely natural to the wood and clearly has been present for many decades, mentioned here only as a courtesy to western taste. It is more than likely this was present before carving commenced. Though unsigned, this item was clearly produced by a Master Craftsman and was intended for the domestic market.

This superb otoshizutsu is 23cm long and is 3.5cm at its widest point. (Measurements approximate). It has a flattened side to allow it to sit comfortably on a surface. It is in excellent condition, showing light wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.