Seated karako netsuke - Unsigned

circa 1860

Karako netsuke
Seated Karako with the mask of Daikoku

A seated karako, dressed in an infant’s apron tied at its waist and neck, holds up mask of Daikoku to its face. The inverted mask appears amusingly as a grimacing head, its true identity revealed only when the netsuke is turned upside down. Viewed from the top, a third image can be discerned, that of a the upper body of a bald man, his robes tied with an obi.

Karako and mask
Karako netsuke
Karako netsuke

Height: 3.7cm

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