An early netsuke of a man lying straight and sprawled out, resting his head on one arm and holding a fan in the other hand. He has one eye closed, while the other is opened just a tiny bit, as he awakens. His long garment with wide sleeves is of a Chinese courtly style. As there is a hyotan on the reverse, this is probably an immortal as they keep their life elixir in such a vessel. This hyotan also forms the himotoshi. The facial expression but also the light hue of the ivory and fine polish make this a very noble netsuke.
LENGTH 7 CM
Condition: Very good conditon with few age cracks and beautiful patina
Provenance: British private collection