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Wood and ivory netsuke, palaces in a clam, carved by Kagetoshi

 

Gift of Sir A.W. Franks

Asia F994

    Wood and ivory netsuke, palaces in a clam, carved by Kagetoshi

    From Japan
    Edo period, 19th century AD

    The illusion of palaces in the bubbles of the clam's breath illustrates the impermanence of the illusory world. This is a typical subject for the netsuke carver Kagetoshi.

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