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Mid-19th Century

JAPANESE NETSUKE BY RYURAKU

A human skull resting on bones, accompanied by a snail and a scroll inscribed "The present is a passage of time. The future is the same. Death, where are you waiting for me?". Signed and marked
with kakihan.
Height 1.5".
Condition: This item is not available for international delivery.

  • Provenance:
    Eldred's, August 25, 1999, Lot #1182.
    The Collection of Gloria and Joe Kurilecz.

    Note:
    A similar example is illustrated in Netsuke and Inro Artists and How to Read Their Signatures by George Lazarnick, p. 896-897.

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