A large wood tonkotsu (tobacco box) Attributed to Jikan Ganbun, 19th century
Lot 102
A large wood tonkotsu (tobacco box) Attributed to Jikan Ganbun, 19th century
Sold for £2,750 (US$ 4,490) inc. premium

Lot Details
A large wood tonkotsu (tobacco box) Attributed to Jikan Ganbun, 19th century
A large wood tonkotsu (tobacco box)
Attributed to Jikan Ganbun, 19th century
Of straight-sided form and oval section, inlaid with one large radish of horn and one small radish and leaves in stained bone and lacquer, with fifteen metal ants of brass and shakudo crawling over the surface, a snail slithering over the cover shown on the reverse, unsigned.
12cm (4½in) wide.

Footnotes

  • 蕪と蝸牛図水牛角牛骨象嵌貼付彫金木製とんこつ 無銘(伝自侃眼文) 19世紀

    Almost nothing is known about Ganbun's life. He specialised in representations of ants and snails and decorated a variety of objects with them, including netsuke, lacquer boxes, inro, boxes and containers, Buddhist sceptres and other small objects.
     
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