‘The Goan Imposter’, netsuke of a Goanese trader by Michael Henry Birch (1926-2008)


Signed with initials, carved in 1996


H. 6.5 cm

Carved in Roebuck antler, the hat in Molokai Taxis deer antler and the eyes in drawn crystal rod. Birch used this darker-than-usual bony core of the antler coronet to denote the dark skin of a trader from Goa, posing as a Portuguese merchant.

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist’s wife


Literature: The Art & Life of Michael Birch, Janet K.L. Birch, Arbon Lambert 2013, p.79

‘The Goan Imposter’, netsuke of a Goanese trader by Michael Henry Birch (1926-20

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