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Neil Holton Japanese Art

Cuckoo

A stylised bird, the body hollowed out to form a dual function netsuke-ashtray.

Confidently attributed to the Mitsuhiro studio. Mitsuhiro left behind a literary work named the the Takarabukuro, a kind of instruction manual detailing some of the designs Mitsuhiro made.

Raymond Bushell arranged for this work to be translated, one entry explains; Plump bird, a cuckoo in Korin style.

Mid 19th Century. Osaka School.


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