Netsuke Carved in Shape of Folded Letter on Paper Decorated with Court Motifs

Ivory | 3.8cm | 19th century

Unknown Artist

This realistic design of autumn ivy, a common sight in Japan, is a motif that recalls the episode in Tales of lse (chapt. 9), in which the poet, traveling to the east along a dark and narrow route overgrown with ivy on Mount Utsu, crosses paths with ...
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