A fine wood netsuke of a kirin Kyoto, Late 18th century
Lot 43
A fine wood netsuke of a kirin Kyoto, late 18th century
Sold for £39,650 (US$ 66,644) inc. premium
Lot Details
Mythological Creatures
A fine wood netsuke of a kirin
Kyoto, late 18th century
Seated on its haunches, its long neck twisted and its head raised as it bays to heaven, its single horn and ears drawn back over its neck to join its long erect tail, while flames lick up the sides of its scaly body, the slightly-worn wood bears a fine patina and the eye pupils are inlaid, unsigned.
10.1cm (4in).

Footnotes

  • 木彫根付 麒麟 無銘 18世紀後期

    Provenance: Labbé-Barbanson collection, purchased at Hotel Drouot, 25th May 1987, lot 108.

    Two smaller versions of the subject, evidently by the same anonymous maker, have been recorded. One from the M. T. Hindson collection, is illustrated by Neil K. Davey, ibid., p.387, no.1160, and was subsequently sold in these rooms, Fine Japanese Art, 10th November 2011, lot 64. The other is illustrated by Barbra Teri Okada and Mary Gardner Neill, ibid., p.40, no.2.
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