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Netsuke. Nio arm-wrestling. Made of wood. Signed.
- Late 18thC
- Made in: Japan
- Width: 7.7 centimetres
Inscription Positionon the posterior of one of the figures
Inscription TransliterationHigo Daijo saku
Inscription TranslationMade by Higo Daijo
Nio, a pair of fierce guardian statues who stand either side of the gateway to a Buddhist temple, are shown arm-wrestling.
The same composition can be seen in the later woodblock-illustrated book, Kacho sansui zushiki (Illustrated of Birds, Flowers and Landscapes), published in 1866.
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Object reference number: JCR6404
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