An ivory netsuke of a tree stump By Ohara Mitsuhiro (1810-1875), Osaka, dated 1839
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An ivory netsuke of a tree stump By Ohara Mitsuhiro (1810-1875), Osaka, dated 1839
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An ivory netsuke of a tree stump By Ohara Mitsuhiro (1810-1875), Osaka, dated 1839 An ivory netsuke of a tree stump By Ohara Mitsuhiro (1810-1875), Osaka, dated 1839
An ivory netsuke of a tree stump
By Ohara Mitsuhiro (1810-1875), Osaka, dated 1839
Of irregular form, the sides stippled for effect, a branch of maple leaves resting on the top and another leaf carved in relief to one side, the typically-stained ivory is slightly worn, signed and dated Tsuchinoto i momijizuki, Ohara Mitsuhiro, with kao. 3.9cm (1½in).

Footnotes

  • 象牙彫根付 切株に楓 銘「己亥紅葉月 大原光廣(花押)」 1839年

    The inscription states that the netsuke was made in the month of September, the year of the boar (1839). A similar example is illustrated by Victor Harris, Netsuke, The Hull Grundy Collection in the British Museum, 1987, p.95, no.468.

    The model is known in at least two versions and is described by Ohara Mitsuhiro, Takarabukuro, p.154, no.219, as follows: Tree stump with leaves - used for beating cloth. A maple-tree stump with a branch. Additionally a fallen maple leaf is carved. At the corner of the signature on the back is inscribed one of the ten calendar signs, a sign of the zodiac and the name of the month.

    The Takarabukuro (Treasure bag) is a notebook complied by Ohara Mitsuhiro which listed over two hundred and fifty netsuke which he had made or was thinking of making, many of them identifiable with recorded examples.
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