An Expressive Ivory Netsuke of a Young Japanese Fisherman Who has Caught a Ten Thousand Year Turtle

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Object Description

An Expressive Ivory Netsuke of a Young Japanese Fisherman Who has Caught a Ten Thousand Year Turtle he Wears a Woven Grass Waterproof Skirt Leggings and a Padded Jacket his Open Smiling Mouth has Traces of Red Polychrome
Signed Masaka
19th Century

Size: 3cm high – 1¼ ins high

Object History

Ex European Private Collection

Object Literature

In Japan turtles were thought to live to a great age, after reaching one thousand years they grew a tail, became one of the Four Immortal Animals the ‘Minogame’ and continued to live to be ten thousand years old. It is thus a symbol of longevity and endurance, and is considered to be a lucky omen to fisherman.

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