An ivory netsuke of a kappa on a clam By Rensai, late 19th century
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An ivory netsuke of a kappa on a clam By Rensai, late 19th century
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An ivory netsuke of a kappa on a clam
By Rensai, late 19th century
The kappa sprawling on the large clam, pulling itself forward with its hands as it tries to extricate its left webbed foot which is caught in the shell's jaws, the ivory lightly stained, signed Rensai.
3.8cm (1½in) wide.

Footnotes

  • 象牙彫根付 蛤に河童 銘「蓮哉」 19世紀後期

    Provenance: Adrienne Barbanson collection, purchased in Kyoto, 1956.

    The maker is not Ishikawa Rensai of Asakusa, Tokyo but another maker, using a different kanji for the second syllable of his name.

    For a very similar example in stag antler, signed Rensai with the same kanji of sai, see Raymond Bushell (adaptor), ibid., p.88, fig.78; also illustrated by Hollis Goodall with contributors, ibid., p.211, no.252.
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