A compact and beautifully rounded ivory netsuke with superb aji (patina). Depicted is a naked man, his supple smooth buttocks shown in the back, leaning on one elbow and sleeping atop a large tied bag. In one hand he holds the rope which ties up the bag. The subject matter is unclear; Gabor Wilhelm suggests he is guarding his money (this type of bag is typically associated with Hotei’s treasure). Beautifully worn features, honey patina and typically large, generous himotoshi through the back and underside.
HEIGHT 3.8 cm
Condition: Good and worn condition with beautiful patina. Small, old chip to the edge of the rope.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.