Tadayoshi – Snail

Nagoya, circa 1840

A wood netsuke of a snail, easing its way out of its shell. The upper tentacles feel their way over the ridged helix and the body ripples as it explores the world outside its shelter. The reddish-brown wood of the shell is minutely textured, as is its body, the dome of its head burnished with wear. The eyespots of the antennae are inlaid with dark horn.

Tadayoshi snail netsuke
Tadayoshi snail netsuke
Tadayoshi snail netsuke

Signed in worn ukibori within a rectangular reserve: Hogen Tadayoshi

Width: 3.7cm

Edward Wrangham collection

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