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Neil Holton Japanese Art

Tengu no Tomago

An early 19th Century ivory Netsuke of Tengu no Tomago.

The mythical creature in the hatching stage, only partial parts of the creature visible. The form of an egg is a superior shape for functional form, perhaps above all others. The egg in this case also has gentle stippling all over the shell.

The reverse has two symmetrical Himotoshi, deeply channeled and bend in the support is U shaped, rather than the much easier V that would wear a cord considerably quicker.

Attributed to the circle of Ogasawara Issai. Wakayama.