Hidari Issan

Iwashiro, circa 1840

Hidari Issan

A walnut netsuke of an inflated fugu fish, its tail flickering around to one side and eyes staring sternly ahead as it reacts with an air of menace to an unseen foe. The small squared mouth reveals four impressive teeth. The carver has exploited the natural texture of the shell to recreate the rough texture of the fish’s back, while the swollen belly is smooth. The eyes are inlaid in dark buffalo horn circled in metal.

Hidari Issan
Hidari Issan

Signed: Hidari Issan

Length: 4.1cm

Hidari Issan
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