Project Description

Bamboo Sashi Netsuke of a Shishi, by Morikawa Toen (Nara 1820-1894)

This is a copy of a detail of the side of an ancient bronze incense burner in the Shosoin treasury at Nara which explains the stiff hieratic posture and the handle hanging from the mouth

Inscribed by the artist: shosoin hoko heigoro no shishi baku [shishi copied from a koro of the Shosoin treasury] morikawa toen with kaō

Height: 10.3 cm

Provenance:

Virginia Atchley, LA, sold by order of the executors of ​​Susan Atchley

Exhibited:

International Netsuke Collectors’ Society Convention, Honolulu1977

Literature:

G. Lazarnick, The Signature Book, p. 384

G. Lazarnick, Netsuke and Inro Artists …., both sides illustrated and the inscriptions translated, p. 1096

J. Hawley, article on Gyokkin in the INSJ, 25/2 (2005), illustrated on p. 20, no. 20

V. Atchley & N. Davey, The Virginia Atchley Collection …, p. 88, no. N106

Apart from being acknowledged as one of the best carvers of Nara ningyo, Toen was a noh performer. He received many prizes throughout his career and was later commissioned by the newly founded Tokyo Imperial Museum to make copies of ancient works of art

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