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Cuckoo

Guide Price - £4,500

4.4cm Wide

A stylised bird, the body hollowed out to form a dual function netsuke-ashtray. Confidently attributed to the Mitsuhiro studio. Mitsuhiro left behind a literary work named the the Takarabukuro, a kind of instruction manual detailing some of the designs Mitsuhiro made. Raymond Bushell arranged for this work to be translated, one entry explains; Plump bird, a cuckoo in Korin style.

Mid 19th Century.

Ex: Klaus Riess Collection. Germany.