Netsuke and Okimono
Two ivory animal studies
The first, 19th Century, carved of marine ivory in the form of a squirrel with large, black inlaid eyes claiming a grape cluster, its tail forming a natural himotoshi, signed Shunkosai to the reverse (with later drilled himotoshi, age cracks, pigment losses); the second a Meiji period tinted ivory rabbit seated upright on its rear haunches, its eyes inlaid in amber glass and the surfaces tinted for effect.
Length of the first 1 1/2in (3.9cm); height of the second 1 3/8in (3.5cm)
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