An ivory netsuke of Asahina Saburo and Soga no Goro Attributed to Matsushita Otoman, Hakata, 19th century
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An ivory netsuke of Asahina Saburo and Soga no Goro
Attributed to Matsushita Otoman, Hakata, 19th century
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An ivory netsuke of Asahina Saburo and Soga no Goro Attributed to Matsushita Otoman, Hakata, 19th century
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An ivory netsuke of Asahina Saburo and Soga no Goro
Attributed to Matsushita Otoman, Hakata, 19th century
Aasahina Saburo shown holding a large tachi and trying to escape while Soga no Goro sits at his feet, furiously tearing off part of his adversary's skirt, the ivory stained for effect, unsigned. 4.5cm (1¾in).

Footnotes

  • 象牙彫根付 朝比奈三郎と曽我五郎 無銘(伝松下音満) 19世紀

    For a netsuke of Asahina Saburo and an oni in similar style, see Raymond Bushell, Collectors' Netsuke, John Weatherhill, Inc., New York and Tokyo, 1971, p.126, no.202, also illustrated in the Exhibition Catalogue, Outside the Box, Sydney L. Moss, Ltd., London, 2004, no.31.

    The episode in which Soga no Goro is tearing the armour of Asahina Saburo has been widely depicted in many forms of Japanese art and is known as kusazuri biki.
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