Japanese Boxwood and Ivory Netsuke of Chokaro Senin with his Magic Horse
Japanese Boxwood and Ivory Netsuke of Chokaro Senin with his Magic Horse
Japanese Boxwood and Ivory Netsuke of Chokaro Senin with his Magic Horse
Japanese Boxwood and Ivory Netsuke of Chokaro Senin with his Magic Horse
Japanese Boxwood and Ivory Netsuke of Chokaro Senin with his Magic Horse
Japanese Boxwood and Ivory Netsuke of Chokaro Senin with his Magic Horse

Japanese Boxwood and Ivory Netsuke of Chokaro Senin with his Magic Horse

1800 to 2000 Japan

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Fine Japanese Boxwood and Ivory Netsuke of Chokaro Senin with his Magic Horse Appearing from and Disappearing into a Gourd
Signed in raised relief to a rectangular tablet at the back of the gourd which acts as the Himotoshi
‘Yoshihide’ (Hoshu) Tokyo school
Late 19th Century – Meiji period

Size: 4.5cm high, 2.5cm dia. – 1¾ ins high, 1 ins dia. / 5cm high – 2 ins high (with horse exposed)
Provenance: Ex Luis Esteves Fernandes (1897-1988) collection
Portuguese minister to Japan during WW II 1939-45, Portuguese ambassador to Washington 1950-61
Thence by descent
See: Finch and Co catalogue no. 19, item no. 63, for a boxwood netsuke of a skeleton and wolf signed Shoko
cf: Neil Davey; Netsuke pg 166 no. 496, Ex W.W. Winkworth collection
The netsuke illustrates the legend of Chokaro, one of the Taoist immortals, or Senin, and his magic horse which carried him thousands of miles yet could be tucked into a gourd. A popular Japanese saying is based on the surprise of Chokaro’s horse emerging from the gourd: ‘Hyotan kara koma’ meaning an unexpected occurrence.
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Boxwood and Ivory
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