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Netsuke, boar's tusk with a crab, carved by Bokugyūken Toshiharu

 

Length: 10.900 cm

Bequeathed by Mrs. A. Hull Grundy

Asia HG753

    Netsuke, boar's tusk with a crab, carved by Bokugyūken Toshiharu

    From Japan
    Edo period, dated equivalent to AD 1805

    This netsuke by Bokugyūken Toshiharu shows the influence of the Iwami Province carvers (part of modern Shimane Prefecture). See, for example, the netsuke of the pea-pod with ants. Another netsuke on the same subject was carved by the Iwami artist Kamman.

    Wild boar roamed freely through the forests of Japan, and their tusks were often used as a substitute for elephant ivory which was expensive and difficult to obtain.

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