An ivory netsuke of a shoe and dragon Style of Ozaki Kokusai, Shiba, Edo, 19th century
Lot 204Y
An ivory netsuke of a shoe and dragon Style of Ozaki Kokusai, Shiba, Edo, 19th century
Sold for £3,750 (US$ 5,856) inc. premium

Lot Details
An ivory netsuke of a shoe and dragon Style of Ozaki Kokusai, Shiba, Edo, 19th century
An ivory netsuke of a shoe and dragon
Style of Ozaki Kokusai, Shiba, Edo, 19th century
The large shoe carved on either side with panels, one pierced and with a small dragon at the top holding a partly-open scroll painting, the ivory slightly worn, unsigned.
4.5cm (1¾in).

Footnotes

  • 象牙彫根付 張良の靴 無銘(尾崎谷斎式) 19世紀

    For a very similar example carved in stag antler and signed Koku, see Victor Harris, Netsuke, The Hull Grundy Collection at the British Museum, 1987, p.55, no.205.

    The subject illustrates the story of Choryo, one of the three heroes of Han dynasty China. Choryo overcame a fierce river dragon and rescued a shoe that had been dropped in a river by Kosekiko.
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