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Neil Holton Japanese Art


A wood Tengu depicted in the initial stages of hatching.

A wing, head and shoulder having cracked through the egg. The creature views the world for the first time and perhaps isn’t quite sure of his surroundings, he exhibits a “will I or won’t I” look. Although Jobun carved a number of these Tengu, they all show an individual character while faithfully displaying everything we love about Jobun.

Sometimes it’s not all about the detail. The need for expression in netsuke-art is what Jobun satisfies. The eyes inlaid in dark horn and the wood bears a fine patina, the feeling smooth all over and the surface incredibly tactile.

Signed: Jobun. Edo School.

18th Century.

Guide Price - £5,000

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