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A boxwood netsuke depicting three toads on a sandal

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A boxwood netsuke depicting three toads on a sandal

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A Japanese boxwood netsuke depicting three toads on a sandal, with two of them engaged in a struggle, assuming the typical position of sumo wrestlers with raised front legs and bodies leaning against each other.

The craftsmanship is evident in the finely carved details of the toads. The wrinkled skin and warts on their bodies are rendered with extraordinary precision, creating an effect of realism and authenticity. The eyes, made of horn, add a touch of liveliness and depth to the sculpture.

The sandal on which the toads are situated is also carved with accurate details, featuring textures and modeling that suggest wood worn by time and use.

The excellent patina enveloping the netsuke gives the sculpture a subtle sheen and a sense of antiquity. This surface treatment reveals the artisanal mastery of the artist and adds visual depth to the overall sculpture.

This netsuke embodies Japanese creativity, craftsmanship, and humor, while celebrating the beauty and diversity of the animal kingdom. It is an artwork that captivates and intrigues, inviting the viewer to immerse themselves in a fantastical world and be carried away by the magic of human creativity.

Origin: Japan

Period: Edo-Meiji / Ise- Yamada 1850 ca.

Dimensions: 4 x 6 x 5 cm.

Condition: Very good

+ Certificate of authenticity with technical expertise of the asset

+ Possibility to view the work at our office in Milan or throughout Italy wherever you are

Codice: 4451

Codice: 4451

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