An early and unusual netsuke of a Sennin, possibly depicting Tobosaku Sennin, since the boy in front of him is holding a peach, though it could also be a reference to the Sennin being an immortal, as the peach is a symbol for this. The Sennin has is head tilted upwards to his left and is screaming, grasping his hair with his right hand – the movement of the composition brilliantly captured by the artist. He wears a Mugwort leaf cloak with long flowing robes. Himotoshi through the back.
HEIGHT 4.4 CM
Condition: Excellent condition, very smooth and beautiful patina
Provenance: British collection, formerly in the Walter Behrens collection (Joly’s catalogue, no. 3467, illustrated pl. XLV without an identifying number)