Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The old man with a quizzical expression, wearing a blue-spotted robe, and carrying a young long-haired girl on his back, the back with two asymmetrical himotoshi.
LENGTH 4.5 cm
Condition: Good condition with minor wear and firing flaws, such as glaze recesses and flakes.
Provenance: Ex-collection Imoto (published in the book on Hirado netsuke by Toshio Noda, 1987). Then collection of Louis Lawrence, author of Hirado: Prince of Porcelains (Chicago 1997, part of the Encyclopedia of Japanese Art Series).
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