Project Description

Wood Netsuke of a Rolling Stallion by Masanao of Kyoto

Forming a perfectly compact composition, all the legs drawn int.  Characteristic of the artist, the larger himotoshi is oval, well hollowed with. The eyes are inlaid in dark horn

Signed: Masanao.  Kyoto, circa 1780

Length: 4.4 cm


F. Albert Brockhaus, Leipzig, purchased in 1896

Sotheby’s London, 14th November 1996, lot 420

Eskenazi, London

Private collection, Milan

Sydney L. Moss, London

Private collection, Moscow


Brockhaus, ‘Netsuke’, p. 35, no. 61

Moss, ‘More Things in Heaven and Earth, 2006, no. 15