A very large (measuring a huge 14.6cm) sashi netsuke in the form of a flattened daikon (radish), with a small nasubi (aubergine) resting at its tip. The slightly wilting leaves are lacquered in red, black and silver and the simulated wear on the overlaying gold lacquer appears as a homage to Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuō). This combined with the exceptional quality of the seidō-nuri (lacquer rendered to imitate bronze), suggests the hand of Zeshin himself.
Eskenazi, published in “Japanese netsuke, ojime and inro from a private European collection” 1998 number 182.
Christie’s, London, “Fine netsuke and inro from a private collection, Part 1’, 23rd November 1983, number 167.
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