Masanao - Wood netsuke of a cockerel

Ise Yamada, circa 1840

Masanao - wood netsuke of a cockerel

A finely detailed wood netsuke of a cockerel, its plump, pillowy body resting on the ground and resplendent plumage settled around it. The long feathers rise across its back tail and hackle feathers form a deep ruff at its neck. The fleshy comb stands proud on its head. The plumage of the underside its delineated with a stylised overlapping shell design formed by stippling.

Signed in an oval reserve: Masanao
Length: 4.4cm

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