Sennin are immortal mountain hermits who have human form however possess magical powers. Chinnan Sennin, who is depicted in this early ivory netsuke, has the magical power of conjuring a dragon from his pot-shaped vessel which he always carries with him and which is his defining attribute. He is holding the vessel in front of his body and the dragon is emerging from it, its well-carved scaly body, wrapping around the back of his neck and leaning on his shoulder. Both the Sennin and the dragon have powerful expressions, looking upwards into the heavenly skies. He is barefoot and wearing the characteristic Sennin mugwort leaf cloak with beautifully carved flowing folds. Interestingly, he is holding a large taming stick in his other hand, which he presumably uses to perform tricks with his trusty dragon companion. Very good and irregular himotoshi on the backside, which has a stunning honey patina.
HEIGHT 8.8 CM
Condition: Excellent condition with a beautiful patina
Provenance: British private collection