Edo Period stag antler netsuke. Quail feeding. c 1800.
This fine netsuke is one of the finest carvings in stag antler we have seen. Due to the extreme difficulties in carving this substance, stag antler netsukes, though often extremely tactile can appear rather more simplistic in form than their ivory and wood counterparts. This delightful netsuke shows two quail feeding on intricately carved ground. The himotoshi are to the base. This netsuke has a wonderful colour and patination and has clearly been used. The quail in Eastern mythology is often associated with courage. The natural round shape of this carving comes from the use or the corona or base of the antler, the widest part nearest the head of the deer.
This delightful carved stag antler netsuke was produced in around 1800. It stands 2.3cm high and is 4.3cm in diameter. (Measurements approximate). It is in fine condition, there is a tiny hole in the base, likely to be natural to the antler, or to have come from the time of its production. This is mentioned only for the strictest accuracy and can be seen on the images. It has a fine colour and patination, no damage and no restoration.