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unsigned ivory netsuke 18th century cat on awabi shell height 1 1/4 in., 3.3 cm seated on its haunches, it secures an upturned awabi shell while licking its right paw- presumably tasting the abalone juices; well-worn and bearing a warm patina. via Leslie Kenton
ivory netsuke cat on awabi shell (18th century), unsigned.
18th century cat on awabi shell netsuke
Ivory Cat Netsuke on Awabi Shell (c.1800) Unsigned
Dancing fox netsuke, Japan, 18th C. This fox is in mid-transformation, probably changing into a wily woman.
second view of sleeping cat netsuke, photo by Marshall Astor
18th Century wood figure, French
Japan Fox Disguised as Priest, 18th century Netsuke, Ivory with staining, sumi
Japan Vertical Horse, 18th century Netsuke, Wood with inlays; sashi type
Japan Hunter and Prey, late 18th century Netsuke, Ivory with staining, sumi, inlays,
Masanao (School of) (Japan) Substitute Doll, late 18th century Netsuke, Ivory with staining, sumi. LACMA
Netsuke of Two Cats,19th century Japan www.metmuseum.org...
Japan Dragon Seal, 18th century Netsuke, Wood. LACMA
Seal Netsuke, Ainu, 18th century (from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
Moon-Shaped Rabbit, 18th century Netsuke, Ivory with staining, sumi,
Japanese Netsukes ~ LEFT, 'Kirin' (mythological creature) By Tomotada Yanagawa. 18th century, Carved wood. ~ RIGHT, 'Actor' By Gyokumin. 19th century, Carved ivory.