Pipe Case - Octopus and Fisher Girl.
Pipe Case - Octopus and Fisher Girl.

Pipe Case - Octopus and Fisher Girl.

 

A stag antler kiseruzutsu in the form of an octopus and fisher girl. The pair intertwine, the octopus’s tentacles wandering and encircling the girl’s body. The girl holds onto one of the tentacles; her face doesn’t seem to give the impression that the octopus’s advances are unwelcome, she rather seems to be enjoying the situation. To the rear, the tentacles group together to form an opening at the bottom, along with a carved opening in the head of the octopus that would allow a pipe to be safely transported within. The face of the octopus forms the Koku seal – I don’t believe our example to be from Kokusai’s hand, but rather that of a follower.

Circa 1870

Asakusa region

Unsigned

19.6cm long

2.7cm wide

 

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