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Masatoshi (Nakamura Tokisada) (Japan, Tokyo, 1915 - 2001-01-30)   Cormorant and Young, November 1960  Netsuke, Ebony,

Masatoshi (Nakamura Tokisada) (Japan, Tokyo, 1915 - Cormorant and Young, November 1960 Netsuke, Ebony

A Tokyo school ivory netsuke of a cat. Late 19th century.  Standing upright and clad in a loosely tied kosode open at the chest and coquettishly lifting the garment in front. The ivory stained for effect. Inscribed Masaka. Late 19th century."Cats are said to be able to turn into young women. The best-known legend is "Nabeshima no neko" (The Cat of Nabeshima), and maybe the cat here represents O Toyo, the lover of a Nabeshima daimyô in Hizen province.

A Tokyo school ivory netsuke of a cat. Standing upright and…

Rana en seta | LACMA Colecciones

Matsuda Sukenaga (Japan, 1800 - Frog on Mushroom, century Netsuke, Wood with inlays.

Hokkyo Sessai (Japan, 1820 - 1879)   Snake, mid-19th century  Netsuke, Wood with inlays

Hokkyo Sessai (Japan, 1820 - snake netsuke, circa century, wood with inlays.

AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A DANCING FOXWOMAN ATTRIBUTED TO GECHU OF OSAKA, JAPAN, 18TH CENTURY

An ivory netsuke of a dancing foxwoman attributed to Gechu of Osaka, Japan, century.

Dragons on Gong Alternate Title: Mokugyo Asakusa School (Japan, group of netsuke carvers, mid- to late 19th century).  Stag antler.

Dragons on Gong netsuke (alternate title: Mokugyo); by Asakusa School (Japan, group of netsuke carvers, mid- to late century) (LACMA)

Netsuke of Hen and Two Small Chicks Date: 18th–19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Ivory

Netsuke of Hen and Two Small Chicks, Japan, century - Met Museum

museeguimet: “ Renard Ivoire Japon, époque Edo © Raphaël Chipault et Benjamin…

museeguimet: “ Renard Ivoire Japon, époque Edo © Raphaël Chipault et Benjamin…

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