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NETSUKE Mermaid holding a sacred pearl as a shell, the" Tama" Japan, Edo
NETSUKE Mermaid holding a sacred pearl as a shell, the" Tama" Japan, Edo - Asian Art & Antiques Style NETSUKE Mermaid holding a sacred pearl as a shell, the" Tama" Japan, Edo - NETSUKE Mermaid holding a sacred pearl as a shell, the" Tama" Japan, Edo -
Ref : 68140
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Period :
18th century
Provenance :
Private Collection
Medium :
Ivory
Dimensions :
L. 2.05 inch
Asian Art & Antiques  - NETSUKE Mermaid holding a sacred pearl as a shell, the" Tama" Japan, Edo 18th century - NETSUKE Mermaid holding a sacred pearl as a shell, the" Tama" Japan, Edo
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NETSUKE Mermaid holding a sacred pearl as a shell, the" Tama" Japan, Edo

Ivory Mermaid holding a sacred pearl in her hands as a shell - the" Tama".
"Nin-Gyo = Nin = man, Gyo = fish. They are almost always represented as a woman. She is holding a shell. The shell is to listen to the sound of the sea", V.-F. Weber, Ko-ji Hô-ten.
Rare shape inspired by a drawing by Inaba Tsuryu Shin’emon, Shoken kisho, vol7, 1781. National Diet Library Collection, Tokyo 840-38
Size : 5,3 cm (2 in.) x 2,8 cm (1.1 in.) x 2 cm (0.7 in.) L : 2 inches
Japan Edo (1603 – 1868) 18th century

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