circa 1890

A lacquer hako netsuke with a design of an octopus on a sparse bed of bamboo leaves. The cephalopod’s huge head extends over the side of the cover while the tentacles twist and curl in various directions. Reddish-brown lacquer ground. Decoration in silver ishimenuri with details in gold lacquer and the eyes inlaid in aogai (abalone shell). The interior is in sparse nashiji with gold lacquer rims.

Length: 3.1cm

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