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Netsuke - Tekkai Sennin - Early 19th C - Wood

Wooden netsuke representing Tekkai sennin.
The eyes are inlaid with blond horn, and the cap of his gourd is in ivory.

Tekkai Sennin is the Japanese adaptation of one of the eight Chinese immortals.
He was believed to be able to leave his body and travel for long periods thanks to his soul.
One day, he asked a disciple to watch over his body during one of his spiritual journeys. He ordered him to burn it if his spirit did not return after seven days. On the sixth day, however, the disciple's mother died, so he burned his master's body and returned home. Returning on the seventh day, Tekkai's spirit found his body gone, leaving him no choice but to adopt the corpse of an emaciated beggar he found by the side of the road.
Like other sennin, he is associated with medicine and is usually depicted with a gourd, signifying his ability to transcend the body and offer healing.

This netsuke represents the sennin when he has taken over the body of the destitute.
Despite his rags and unkempt hair, his quasi-divine nature can still be seen through his clear, inlaid eyes.

Japan, first half of the 19th century.
Used condition, some toes and his belt knot missing.
Nice patina.

Height: 4.5 cm
Depth: 2.1 cm
Width: 1.8 cm

Shipment will be made the day after receipt of payment.

Width : 1,8 cm
Height : 4,6 cm
Depth : 2,1 cm

Category : Oriental objects
Period : 19th century

Price : 450
Shipping : 10 € for France, request a quote for other country


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