Circa 1864


A hefty section of tusk carved in intaglio with three masks, and fitted with a shibuichi loose ring as an attachment, signed on the reverse: kohosai kore wo koku with a date of Genji first year, equivalent to 1864 [genji gannen kino-ne shunjitsu].


Diam.  5.3 cm


Ueda Reikichi records the artist aS living in Kawara-machi, Osaka and dying around 1907.  Fuld lists his birth date as around 1869, clearly disproved by the inscription here.

Narwhal Tusk Manju Netsuke by Ueda Kōhōsai