Circa 1850

 

Signed beneath in a raised oval reserve: Masanao. Yamada.

 

A pleasing composition of coils, the mouth delineated by rope-like lips typical of the artist, and the eyes inlaid in dark horn.
 

L. 4.3 cm across
 

Provenance:

- Max Rutherston ltd., 2014

- Private collection, France (consigned to Max Rutherston ltd.)

 

Wood Netsuke of a Snake by Miyage Masanao of Yamada

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