Netsuke - Shishi and Peony
Netsuke - Shishi and Peony
Netsuke - Shishi and Peony

Netsuke - Shishi and Peony

Price on request. 

An unusual and large shishi and peony in the style of a finial from an altar. 

When I first acquired this netsuke, I believed it had been removed from an altar or large piece of furniture and adapted for use as a netsuke. That may well be the case, but over time I have developed another theory. 

Since purchasing it, I’ve come back to it several times as my original theory didn’t feel correct. For one, the back shows a large and well-carved peony. If it had been removed from an altar and adapted for use as a netsuke, then you would expect the back to be plain or at least not more impressive than the front image. Second, on the base, where it wants you to believe that it has been removed, the knife marks are very visible but seem over worked. It feels like they are there to make sure you think it had a previous life, but the stain across the netsuke is consistent. It is possible that the entire piece was restained when it was removed, but why re-stain it and not smooth the cut marks? 

I believe the piece was originally made to be a netsuke. A netsuke that imitates an alter finial. The himotoshi is drilled behind the shishi and opens just under the head of the peony. 

Unsigned 

18th century or earlier 

Height: 8.5cm Width: 5.5cm Depth: 2.5cm 

If you are interested in purchasing this netsuke you can contact me via the details below.

Phone or Whatsapp: +447534 423 803

Email: robert@willford-ja.co.uk 

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