A rare ivory netsuke of Roshi and a baku  Early 19th century
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A rare ivory netsuke of Roshi and a baku Early 19th century
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A rare ivory netsuke of Roshi and a baku
Early 19th century
The old Chinese worthy seated, reading a calligraphic scroll, on the neck of the baku which sits with its head lowered and its trunk curling to one side over the left hind leg, its curly tail rising at the back, the slightly-worn ivory is stained and the baku's eyes are inlaid, unsigned.
6cm (2 3/8in).

Footnotes

  • 象牙彫根付 老子に獏 無銘 19世紀前期

    Provenance: Adrienne Barbanson collection.

    Published: Adrienne Barbanson, ibid., pp.30-31, pl.7.

    A very similar example is illustrated by Joe Earle, Netsuke: Fantasy and Reality in Japanese Miniature Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2001, p.49, no.13, where the creature is described as an elephant.

    Roshi (the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu) was the founder of Daoism and is more usually shown riding on a water buffalo.
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