A rare ivory netsuke of a turtle  By Ohara Mitsuhiro (1810-1875), Osaka, 19th century
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A rare ivory netsuke of a hatching turtle By Ohara Mitsuhiro (1810-1875), Osaka, 19th century
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A rare ivory netsuke of a hatching turtle
By Ohara Mitsuhiro (1810-1875), Osaka, 19th century
The baby turtle emerging from its egg, using its forelegs to lever itself out from the broken shell, the ivory lightly stained and the eye pupils inlaid, signed Mitsuhiro with seal Ohara.
4.2cm (1 5/8in).

Footnotes

  • 象牙彫根付 亀の卵 銘「光廣」「大原(方印)」 19世紀

    Provenance: Adrienne Barbanson collection, purchased in Paris, 1959.

    Baby turtles hatching from their eggs is a phenomenon which occurs in warm climates around the world. Although Mitsuhiro produced a number of netsuke of turtles, the present example appears to be the only recorded netsuke depicting the hatching.
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