A very fine ivory netsuke of a stag
By Okatomo, Kyoto, late 18th/early 19th century
Seated, its head raised and looking up as it bays to the sky and its antlers drawn back over its long neck for compactness, the slightly-worn ivory bears a good patina and the eye pupils are inlaid, signed in a rectangular reserve Okatomo.
- Please note that the Chinese characters for Okatomo have been incorrectly recorded in the catalogue, the Japanese captions should read:
象牙彫根付 雄鹿 銘 (岡友) 18世紀前半/19世紀後半