Bokkoku

circa 1900

A bamboo kiseruzutsu of muso zutsu form, etched with a design of sparrows perched on a branch of wisteria. Four of the birds are huddled together, while a fifth stands watch below. Tendrils and leaves hang above them. The artist has recreated the sense of an ink painting with skilful variations of cut and graduations of knife depth.

Signed: Bokkoku with seal: Koku

Length: 21cm