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Neil Holton Japanese Art


An ivory manju of an octopus.

The marine creature arranged in a shallow bowl, still very much alive and with a disgruntled expression. The bowl (suribachi) carved with a textured effect to the interior as in reality the bowl is also used for grinding. The reverse with cracked areas. The Eyes of the Octopus inlaid in dark horn.

Anonymous. Asakusa. Last half of the 19th Century.

3.5cm Wide.

For a similar example by Rensai. Please see; Anne Hull Grundy Collection. British Museum. By Victor Harris. Number 424.

Guide Price - £2,200