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Netsuke of Human Figures - Man Having Head Massage, by Min-ko, Japan, Late 18th/Early 19th Century

Inventory Number: 49053
Object Type:
Persons: Min-ko
Date Created: Late 18th/Early 19th Century
Place Created: Japan Asia
Accession Number: 1936-28/2263
Brief Description: Wooden netsuke with dissimilar cord holes in different planes with the upper hole well protected.

A blind man shampooing an old man. He is rubbing the old man's ears. There is no tumour on the blind man's head.

Signed with inscription and kakhan Gose Minko no zu. Note by Joly:
Go = itsu = five
Se = rapids
Probably a corruption of Ise where the real Min-ko lived.
Primary Inscriptions:
Provenance: Presented by A. E. Gunther. Hermann Gunther Collection of Medical Netsuke. Bought from Meinertzhagen 4/7/33. Ex Waud Collection - Sotheby's 29/5/33 Lot 119. Ex Behrens Collection No. 3780.
Collection Group: Hermann Gunther Collection of Medical Netsuke
Material(s): Wood