A fine wood netsuke of a seated female hare By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
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A fine wood netsuke of a female hare By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
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A fine wood netsuke of a female hare
By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
Seated, looking up with alert expression, its ears pressed back and its legs drawn in for compactness, one forming the himotoshi, the slightly-worn wood bears a good patina and the eyes are inlaid, signed in a rounded rectangular reserve Toyomasa.
3.8cm (1½in).

Footnotes

  • 木彫根付 兎 銘「豊昌」 19世紀前期

    Provenance: Adrienne Barbanson collection.

    Published: Adrienne Barbanson, ibid., pp.56-57, pl.20.
    Connaissance des Arts, no.140, October 1963, p.109.
    Alain Ducros, Paris Edo: Convention Netsuke and Sagemono, Paris, 1994, no.19.

    The hare shown here is obviously an adult, differing in its form from the somewhat chubbier version by Toyomasa recorded by Arlette Katchen, Netsuke 7, K. R. Publishers, Paris, 2010, vol.2, p.167, colour pl.K184.
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