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|A finely carved netsuke of a figure seated and leaning against a rock, holding a bouquet of chrysanthemums. He is known as the Kikujido, the 'Chrysanthemum Boy'. The himotoshi is naturally formed by two small hole on the base of the rock. Signed 'Tomokazu' in an oval tablet on the base.|
Kikujido was a favorite of the Emperor. One day his foot accidently hurt the Emperor's bed. Jealous rivals took this opportunity and told the Emperor who condemned him to exile. Just before leaving, the Emperor told Kikujido a phrase containing the secret to long and healthy life to thank him for all his loyalty. Kikujido left and settled in a valley full of chrysanthemums, and spent his day writing the secret phrase on the petals of the flowers so he would not forget it. The legend tells that every morning, the dew on the petals transforms into a magic potion giving a long and healthy life to the one who takes it. Signed Tomokazu (Gifu), Edo Period, Early 19th century
|Provenance: Raymond and Frances Bushell|
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