An ivory netsuke of a kirin By Yoshimasa, Kyoto, early 19th century
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An ivory netsuke of a kirin By Yoshimasa, Kyoto, early 19th century
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An ivory netsuke of a kirin
By Yoshimasa, Kyoto, early 19th century
Seated in a typical attitude, its head raised and facing ahead as it bays and its scaly body flanked by curling flames, the ivory is slightly worn and the eye pupils are inlaid, signed Yoshimasa.
10cm (3 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • 象牙彫根付 麒麟 銘「吉正」 19世紀前期

    Provenance: Anne Hull Grundy collection.

    Published: Anne Hull Grundy, Tomotada and Okatomo in Relation to the Kyoto School of Netsuke Carvers, The Antique Collector, London, June 1983, p.107, fig.4.
    Rosemary Bandini, ibid., p.22, no.37.

    For a very similar example by Yoshimasa, see Raymond Bushell (adapted), The Netsuke Handbook of Ueda Reikichi, 1961, p.187, no.194.
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