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Netsuke Manju Ryusa Ivory Carved Noon Demon Masks Oni Japan Signed Edo Nineteenth

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G10 135

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Netsuke Ryusa * carved ivory representing four Nô theater masks (characters and demons Oni), signed below, from Japan, Edo period nineteenth century.

This netsuke is in good condition. It is signed below see photos.

A report: tiny snag (invisible) on the edge of a mask underneath, some stains and wear of time, see photos.

Specimen in worked ivory, prior to 1 July 1947 and therefore in accordance with Regulation EC 338/97 of 09/12/1996 art.2-Wmc.

* The Netsuke:

Netsuke is a traditional Japanese garment used to maintain sagemono (literally "hanging objects"). Indeed, the kimono has no pocket, the various everyday objects are transported in a sort of small boxes called sagemono. These objects are suspended at the obi of their owner by a cord.

* Manju Netsuke *:

Round and flat Netsuke, usually full, which originates from their name after the popular Japanese bean paste cake. They are often with relief sculptures or with other types of decorations such as lacquer and marquetry. The decoration is applied to the surface either by direct relief sculpture or by engraving. They can be composed of two parts of identical size which are then assembled. Alongside these round, typical shapes, square or oval forms coexist. The passage of the cord is ensured by a ring fixed on the Netsuke.

Ryusa netsuke:

it is a particular variety of manju. The various arabesques, flowers and / or birds that compose it are obtained by cutting and perforating the material. It is hollowed out and carved with knives. This technique was developed during the Edo period by a sculptor named Ryusa.

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  • Dimensions 5,9 cm x 5,9 cm