Late nineteenth century Meiji Period netsuke showing a Bull.


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A late nineteenth century Meiji Period ivory netsuke showing a Bull.

This netsuke is of outstanding quality and the highest degree of artistry. It was carved in the late nineteenth century in Japan, in the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912). It shows a recumbent bull, a symbol of Zen Buddhism and the second animal of the Zodiac. This magnificent carving shows the animal haltered with a rope which coils beneath it to surround the himotoshi. This is clearly the work of a master carver, the miniature detail is quite remarkable and amongst the finest we have seen. The netsuke is signed to the base in a lacquer reserve.

This exceptional work of art is 4.7 cm long, 1.9 cm wde and stands 2 cm at its highest point. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing only light wear and colour change appropriate to its age and substance. It has a superb patination. It has no damage and no restoration.