Ivory Netsuke of a Game of Go
Size: 4.8cm length X 2.4cm width X 3.0cm height
This is a beautiful Japanese netsuke (根付) carved from ivory (象牙) from probably around the Meiji period. It is a very well carved piece which depicts two sophisticated gentlemen from old Japan playing the wonderful game of go. The description from the seller says 囲碁をさす賢人 which translates to something like “The wise man who points to go”. There is a carved inscription (銘) on the bottom which is probably the name of the carver 照之 (Teruyuki).
I am very happy to be able to own such a beautiful item.