An early netsuke of a Chinese sage holding a fan and lying on a large bag, which probably belongs to Hotei. The man wears fine flowing robes and has sensitively carved facial features with a smooth, bald head and a prominent moustache. Excellent patina, and large himotoshi through the under- and backside.
HEIGHT 4 CM
Condition: Very good condition, with a honey patina and few expected age cracks
Provenance: Austrian private collection