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Neil Holton Japanese Art

Ivory mokugyo

An ivory mokugyo, carved in a traditional shape of two confronting dragon heads attached to a globular body.

The dragon mouths open housing a pearl. The himotoshi formed by a small entrance hole, the body of the bell excavated to accommodate the knot and also lightening the weight of the Netsuke.

The details are finely carved and the ivory is stained in the recesses a deep amber colour. In contrast other surfaces are creamy white typical of a few artists working in Asakusa during the last half of the 19th Century.

Rensai is the first that springs to mind, though others adopted this jewel like stain and finish and were as accomplished as the great man on their best day.

Guide Price - £3,400

4.1cm Wide

4.1cm High