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Neil Holton Japanese Art

Oni Fish

A MOP study of a fish, the shape makes the mind wander to an underwater scene with a fish swishing through the waters.

The material, a beautiful piece of its type has an iridescent quality likening to moist fish skin scales. When turning the piece in the hand one can observe the graduating laminates of the material, no doubt a feature that the maker intended to please viewers with, time has also heightened this feature. The eyes are double inlaid in blue and black glass.

The himotoshi placed in a manner that would sit the fish neatly on top of the obi, viewers would see the front of the netsuke from an optimum aspect. Altogether a thoroughly functional, clever Netsuke in a scarce material.

Ex. Julius Katchen Collection.