A powerful late 18th or early 19th-century netsuke depicting Rashinjin and Dragon
Rashinhjin was a hermit who lived in Hodinkan. One day, a golden man came to visit him stating he was a sick dragon asking to be cured. Rashinjin treated the man kindly and gave him an elixir that cured him.
Later, Rashinhjin was washing his feet in a river and the same dragon came to him and carried him away to heaven as thanks for healing his sickness.
Our netsuke depicts a delicate moment between Rashinjin and the dragon, Rashinjin sat upon a rock looking into the dragon’s eyes; it appears as if he is petting the dragon and the dragon is loving every moment of it. Mouth open tongue out, almost dog-like. A well carved Netsuke. I especially like the dragon’s tail as it wraps around Rashingin, the scales well picked out. The wood has formed a nice warm patina with time.
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