A wood netsuke of a snake and tortoise Early 19th century
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A wood netsuke of a snake and tortoise Early 19th century
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A wood netsuke of a snake and tortoise Early 19th century A wood netsuke of a snake and tortoise Early 19th century
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A wood netsuke of a snake and tortoise
Early 19th century
The tortoise emerging from its shell, struggling to escape from the clutches of the snake whose head is raised about to strike, part of its body forming the himotoshi, the slightly-worn wood bears a good patina, unsigned.
4.8cm (1 7/8in).

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  • 木彫根付 蛇と亀 無銘 19世紀前期

    Provenance: an English private collection.
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