|ALL NETSUKE ARE ILLUSTRATED IN ACTUAL SIZE|
NETSUKE BY MEIGYOKUSAI
BORN IN 1896.
STUDENT OF ASAHI GYOKUZAN. THIS ZODIAC WAS CREATED WHEN THE ARTIST WAS IN HIS 80'S.
HIS AGE IS DOCUMENTED BESIDE HIS SIGNATURE. FOR MORE ON THE ARTIST SEE MIRIAM KINSEYS
BOOK ON NETSUKE AND THE INCS JOURNAL, VOLUME 4 No 1.
This Zodiac depicts 12 of the 13 animals that were called
to BUDDHA's bedside as he was dying. |
He told them that if they paid homage to him, he would name a year in a 12 year
rotation after them.
Thus the oriental zodiac was created. The cat ate the rat at the deathbed and was banished
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