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As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this Beautiful Meiji period ( 1868-1912) c1880, Japanese carved Wood & Shibayama Netsuke depicting a stylised Butterfly, the artist from this well known family has inlaid the Butterfly using many different mediums, these include a contrasting Wood, Mother of Pearl , Ivory , Tortoiseshell and a Gold coloured metal, artist signed to the rear in a two character Mother of Pearl tablet that translates to Read ” Shibayama” , therefore actually made by one of the Shibayama family, a fantastic addition to your Netsuke or Japanese works of art collection ,or just as a beautiful gift for a loved one !


Sydney L. Moss. Ltd, London, 1960


Arlette Katchen, Netsuke 7, vol.1 p.259, no. K589

Bonhams London, The Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke: Part II, 10th May 2017, lot 183

Condition report:

It is in lovely original used condition.

Approximate size:

Height: 1.4″  3.6 cm

Width: 2.2″  5.7 cm

Depth: 0.8″     2 cm

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