Lot 302: DERKACHENKO: THE FOX MONK
November 19, 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Netsuke, mammoth, gold
Also this work is compact and executed with fine humor. The fox kitsune, in Japan it is also a magical creature possessed by demonic spirits, at the same time worshipped as the rice deity Inari! In this depiction it is veiled, the cap like a cave from which it is staring resp. focused on something/someone. It is resting on a scroll where the character Ko 幸 meaning "luck" is visible. Bushy tail of the fox, kiku blossoms on his clothing. Very well formed himotoshi on the back, little signature beneath. Includes a lovely box.
WIDTH 3,7 CM
A very similar work in the publication mentioned in the preface on page 30, a standing fox monk in the same style on page 41