Lot 2220. Netsuke: Endo Morito with the head of Kesa

Starting price:€ 1 600
Auction date:12.06.2019   12:00 UTC +02:00
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Lot 2220Netsuke: Endo Morito with the head of Kesa
Japan. 19. Century

Ivory with a glossy Patina. Kneeling on the ground, and with the left Hand the severed head of Kesa uplifting in his right Hand he holds the knife. His face is distorted with grief.

It tells the tragic story of Endo Morito, the fell in love with Kesa, the wife of Minamoto no Wataru,. One day, she gave in to his Urge and Desire to want to be in front at night with him. All of the rings under the condition that Endo Morito kill her husband, who was sleeping alone in the house. Endo Morito did as he was told and decapitated the sleeping Person, which he found in the house, only to find that he had just killed Kesa, which took the place of her husband, to save their honor. Height 5.5 cm. Condition A/B.
Provenance:
-Dutch Private Collection

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