Shoki sharpens his ken - Masakazu

Nagoya. Circa 1860

Shoki netsuke
Shoki sharpening his ken (sword)

Shoki squats, half-kneeling, before a flat, layered rock that serves as a whetstone, His voluminous sleeves are pushed up and his face set in concentration as he sharpens his ken (double-edged sword). The details of his robes are carved in minute detail and the piece reflects the vigour of his task.

Masakazu Shoki netsuke
Masakazu netsuke
Back view
Masakazu netsuke

Signed in a rectangular reserve: Masakazu

Length: 3.6cm

Henri Vever collection
Ernst Hart collection

Signature Masakazu
Signature Masakazu
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