Description A carved wild boar tusk netsuke with a spider applied in relief. A fern and a long inscription are incised and ink stained in the lines.
- Netsuke: Miniature Sculpture of Japan. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transliteration] Michinoku no / Shinobu moji-zuri / Tare yue ni / Midare-some nishi / Ware naranaku ni; [Translation] Ah! why does love distract my thoughts, Disordering my will! I'm like the pattern on the cloth of Michinoku hill, -- All in confusion still.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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