Netsuke - Ivory - Tô-ba riding his mule. - Japan - Meiji period (1868-1912)

Netsuke - Ivory - Tô-ba riding his mule. - Japan - Meiji period (1868-1912)
Good condition, see description - 5.2×4.3×2 cm


Tô-ba was a prominent chinese statesman from the Song dynasty (1036-1101).

He was also a famous poet, a scholar and a calligrapher. His chinese name was Su Shih.

As a consequence of court intrigues he was finally banned from the court and exiled to the island of Haï-nan.

He is represented here on the road of exile, riding his mule and wearing a large round hat. The netsuke is not signed, but is very well crafted, with well executed details.

No himotoshi which is replaced by a small metal ring, inserted on the left side of the horse just behind Tô-ba's leg. .


Late 19th century - C.1875


Very good condition, very few age signs but overall good condition

please check pictures for global condition


French private collection




20 gr






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Pre-convention ivory specimen.

Complies with CE Regulation 338-97 of 09 December 1996.

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Lot details
Meiji period (1868-1912)
Region/ Country of origin
Artist/ Maker
Title of artwork
Tô-ba riding his mule.
Good condition, see description
5.2×4.3×2 cm
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