Unsigned mingei (folk art) wood netsuke depicting two wrestlers

Circa 1800

Mingei Wood Netsuke

A mingei (folk art) wood netsuke depicting two wrestlers locked in in combat, with one about to defeat to his opponent with a kawazu leg trip. A tiny referee crouches behind them, peering round from behind their legs to monitor the progress of the encounter.

Mingei Wood Netsuke
Mingei Wood Netsuke detail

Circa 1800

Height: 8.5cm

Provenance:
Karl-Ludwig Kley collection

Published:
Bandini, R., Tiny Titans, London 2006, pages 21 & 67, no. 12