A fine wood netsuke depicting Ryujin and his dragon. Ryujin stands, foot raised slightly; he holds a tama jewel in one hand and strokes his beard with the other. Ryujin’s clothes are decorated in panels of stylised blossoms; his beard, both arms, and the dragon’s body and whiskers are carved to expose openwork in a composition that is full of movement and life. The dragon’s scales are delicately incised and a natural opening between the dragon and Ryujin forms the himotoshi.
The signature to the foot is not to be trusted. Several mid 19th century figures by the artist Yoshikane have strong similarities with the netsuke I offer, one such a Gama Sennin published in Netsuke and Inrō Artists, and how to Read Their Signatures, has the same pronounced cheeks and similarities between the body, feet, and clothes.
Inscribed to the foot, Miwa
Netsuke and Inrō Artists, and how to Read Their Signatures, by George Lazernick
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