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c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke Kinko Sennin on Fish
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke Kinko Sennin on Fish
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke Kinko Sennin on Fish
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke Kinko Sennin on Fish
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke Kinko Sennin on Fish
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke Kinko Sennin on Fish
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke Kinko Sennin on Fish
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke Kinko Sennin on Fish
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke Kinko Sennin on Fish
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke Kinko Sennin on Fish
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke Kinko Sennin on Fish

c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke Kinko Sennin on Fish

Price:

£450.00


Product Description

A beautiful antique Japanese carved ivory Netsuke of the Immortal Kinko Sennin seated on a large fish.

Dating from around 1900 during the Meiji period. The bearded man is wearing a traditional Japanese long gown with hieroglyph cartouches. He holds a scroll with writing in his hands. The fish has inset beaded glass eyes and the body is decorated with bold scales finishing in an up turned tail fin. On the underside of the fish, the artist’s signature is written on an inset piece of mother of pearl. The distinctive 2 holes of the Japanese Netsuke are on the back of the man. Condition is extremely good, without any damage.

Kinko Sennin is an immortal being, a magical hermit of the mountains. He is quite often represented in netsuke. He was an artist who specialised in painting fish. However, Kinko Sennin would neither kill nor eat them. As a result, he was given a giant carp to ride, and invited to visit the Dragon King of the Sea. On the way back, Kannon Bodhisattva, the goddess of mercy, gave him a Lotus Sutra scroll illustrating the Buddhist principle of protecting the lives of all living things.
Beautiful decorative piece.

Size: 3.8 x 2.5 x 5.1 cm (1 ½ x 1 x 2 inches)
Weight: 31 g

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