19th Century Japanese Boxwood Netsuke: Tanuki Badger. 19th Century, excellently hand-carved boxwood netsuke depicting a seated Tanuki, or Japanese Badger (raccoon dog) raising his right paw in order to beat his belly, or distended scrotum as it if were a drum. Outstanding hair work, a distinguishing characteristic of this netsuke master. Wonderful natural himotoshi that is formed by the bending tail of the Tanuki over its right hind leg. Signed Masanao, Yamada, of Ise province, on a polished oval reserve, on the bottom of the piece.
According to Japanese legend, a Tanuki is a real animal with supernatural powers, as are the fox or a cat. He is a mischievous animal that uses many disguises to deceive or annoy passers-by. Netsuke measures 1.18 inches (3.0cm) in diameter (on the bottom), and 1.36 inches (3.4cm) tall. It is in remarkably excellent condition as you may see in the posted photos.Specializes in the sale of a wide variety of AUTHENTIC ANTIQUE JAPANESE NETSUKE and Related Items, at affordable prices for beginners, but, regularly carry higher end pieces at bargain prices for experienced collectors. We are members of the International Netsuke Society. If you have any questions, please inquire. PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT OUR OTHER OFFERINGS. The item "MASANAO, YAMADA, ISE, 19th C, Japanese Boxwood Netsuke, Tanuki Badger" is in sale since Thursday, March 8, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Netsuke".
The seller is "nyc448" and is located in Miami, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.