An antique wood netsuke circa 19th century. It depicts a wolf embracing a skeleton. The pair alludes to the failed love story of Komachi and Fukakasa Shosho. Fukakasa was a tempestuous general who died in vain to prove his love for Komachi.
He was represented by the wolf, while Komachi by the skeleton as she survived into a loveless old age. The pair symbolizes the vanity and folly of life in Japanese folklore culture.
The item "Japanese Netsuke Skeleton and Wolf Meiji Period" is in sale since Saturday, September 7, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Netsuke". The seller is "gallery-t" and is located in Miami, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.