Pre Ban Ivory Japanese Trick NETSUKE OWL Pop Out Eyes

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 23, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House
No Reserve!Pre Ban Ivory Carved Japanese Owl
TRICK NETSUKE Pop Out Eyes Signed

I have two Netsuke items up for sale this week. I bought them some years ago at an estate auction (with a large collection of Asian art items) and was told they were ivory. I am not an expert on ivory but have always relied on the "hot pin" test to be certain they are not penetrable. I did this in a discreet spot on each of them and the hot pin did not effect the surface.

They are both signed so I hope that you will be able to determine the Artist; and the origin of them by reviewing the photographs.

This wonderful owl stands a bit more than 1¾" high; and nearly 1" wide. He is intricately carved with "pop out eyes" that glide in and out about ¼" before stopping..

With an eye loop I can see surface cross graining under the carving.

In addition to the holes on the back; he has a loop imbedded at the top for a chain. The metal is not marked; but it appears to be hand tooled and has a slight pink to the gold tone. T is no color wear on the metal which makes me think it may be gold.


Other front profile view.

Back view.

Pop out eyes.

Close-up of eyes.

Close-up of carving detail.

Bottom view.

Artist Marking.


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