An early and unusual netsuke of a two-sided gong or drum with a voluminous body on a massive, decoratively crafted frame with fluted feet. Both striking areas are inlaid with silver. Two boys, or karako, are standing on either side, each raising an arm to touch the top of the drum, one of them holding a mallet and both wearing full-length garments. Fine patina, natural himotoshi through the frame.
HEIGHT 4.6 CM
Condition: Good condition, the ivory worn with few age cracks and a good patina
Provenance: British private collection