Ivory Oxen Netsuke by Tomokazu

Tomokazu was born in Kijimachi, Gifu. When he was 17 years of age, he went to work for a reputable family named Shibata. He loved carving and devoted all his spare time to the use of the carving knife or the writing brush. Tomokazu eventually specialized in carving netsuke and became well known in Kyoto for his ox, turtle and monkey ivory netsuke. The time of his death is uncertain, but it was probably during Tempo period (mid-Edo: 1830-1843), when he was over 70 years of age.

This oxen netsuke is naturally patinated and beautifully detailed in every aspect of the piece. His signature is on the bottom of the piece which is also fully detailed showing the standard himotoshi for attachment to the inro. Dimensions: 1-3/4”w x 1-3/8”d x 1-1/2”h.

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