A very early netsuke depicting a Chinese boy or karako, his facial features extensively worn, reclining on a sack (fukuro) – an allusion to the lucky god Hotei - and holding a leaf-shaped fan in one hand, on a strikingly crafted base. Very pronounced, fine honey patina. Large himotoshi through the base. A very well-rounded composition.
HEIGHT 3.9 CM
Condition: Good condition, with very appealing honey patina and few expected age cracks
Provenance: Austrian private collection, formerly acquired