A rare wood study of a Shinto priest By Tametaka, Nagoya, 18th century
Lot 60
A rare wood study of a Shinto priest
By Tametaka, Nagoya, 18th century
Sold for £5,040 (US$ 8,571) inc. premium
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Netsuke An interesting and eclectic collection of netsuke, formed between 1964 and 1967, under the guidance of W.W.Winkworth
A rare wood study of a Shinto priest
By Tametaka, Nagoya, 18th century
He stands, turning to the right, holding a large gohei over his shoulder with one hand and a fan with the other, the wood is slightly worn and bears a good patina, signed Tametaka.
7.9cm (3 1/8in).

Footnotes

  • The priest carries his gohei, a ritual staff bearing strips of white paper, to summon the spirit of a deity.

    For other examples of the subject by Tametaka, see Joe Earle, Netsuke, Fantasy and Reality in Japanese Miniature Sculpture, p.205, no.170 and The Go Collection, Tokyo National Museum, pp.28/29, nos.31-33, where it is described as a sycophant.
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