An ivory netsuke of a miniature carving between two aoi-leaves. Late 19th century
Two long-stemmed aoi-leaves lying on top of each other with a minutely detailed rendering of an equestrian game (yabusame) to the inside. The surface of the leaves finely polished, with a glossy patina. Signed Masahiro and a seal Hosai on a raised reserve.
Width 4.1 cm
Collection Karl M. Schwarz (1926-2007), Vienna, acquired at Lempertz, Cologne 10.6.2006, lot 1035
Compare the signature in: MCI p. 414