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Japanese Netsuke Skeleton and Wolf Meiji Period

Origin Japan
Period 19th Century
Materials wood
Dimensions
W. 1.5 in; H. 1.75 in; D. 0.4 in;
W. 3.81 cm; H. 4.45 cm; D. 1.02 cm;
Condition Good. Surface patina and polish due to age and use, minor accretion as expected.
Creation Date 19th century
Description An antique wood netsuke circa 19th century. It depicts a wolf embracing a skeleton. Signed as shown. The pair alludes to the failed love story of Komachi and Fukakasa Shosho. Fukakasa was a tempestuous general who died in vain to prove his love for Komachi. He was represented by the wolf, while Komachi by the skeleton as she survived into a loveless old age. The pair symbolizes the vanity and folly of life in Japanese folklore culture.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 324259
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