This 2 3/8" long boxwood depiction of a struggle between
July 28th, 2005
This 2 3/8" long boxwood depiction of a struggle between a turtle and snake, circa 1800, was the top selling netsuke at $10,120 (est. $1200/1800). The contorted pose conveyed drama from each of the three sides, and each animal had a realistic texture. The staff could not decipher the signature, but judging from the action, two bidders did identify it.Robert C. Eldred Company's Oriental Art Auction, East Dennis, Massachusetts, August 19-24, 1996.