Kagetoshi - cherrywood netsuke
Kyoto, circa 1830
A cherrywood netsuke of a Chinese boy seated on the back of a recumbent billy goat. In this unusual grouping, the child holds the finger of his right hand in his left and the goat has one foreleg raised in a peaceful attitude. The heavy tresses of the animal’s coat are carved in great detail. One hoof with old repair.
Signed in a polished rectangular reserve: Kagetsohi
In Chinese an innocent child is sometimes referred to as Xiao Yang, or ‘innocent little goat’.
Victor Topper collection
Hurtig, B., Masterpieces of Netsuke Art, Tokyo and New York, 1973, p. 176, pl.735