Japanese Antique Ivory Butterfly Fish Netsuke | Gyotaku

Fish are critical to the life of the Japanese people and it is not unusual to find the motif represented in all forms of art. The word Gyotaku means fish impressions, and offered here is a wonderfully carved ivoryimpression of the Butterfly fish in the form of a Netsuke. The fish has a strangely happy face and also has wonderful detailing on the body and fins. It is signed, (unidentified), and has the himo-toshi on the back gill. It has a natural patina and dates from the early to mid Showa period. Dimensions: 1-7/8”L x ½” d x 1-1/2” h.

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