A stag antler obi-hasami netsuke of an octopus

circa 1870

A stag antler obi-hasami netsuke of an octopus

A stag antler obi-hasami netsuke of an octopus, his bulbous head bound in a cloth tenegui. The knot at the front is folded in an impressive fan shape above its furrowed brow. Four miniaturised arms curl beneath the tubular siphon, two more forming the base. The eye pupils are inlaid in dark horn.

A stag antler obi-hasami netsuke of an octopus
A stag antler obi-hasami netsuke of an octopus

Signed in a double-bordered rectangular cartouche against a horizontally hatched ground: Kokusai

Length: 15.5cm

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