A rare and functional hako netsuke. The bowl in the form of a lotus leaf, the veiny structure visible on the underside, and the top section decorated with many clouds. The inside is hollowed out, with the natural bony structure of the inside of the material visible, and was used to store something, most likely medicine or herbs. The lid is carved from kokutan (ebony) and incised with a crab peony on the top. The lid is hinged with metal fittings and screws and opens and closes perfectly. A very unusual rustic and functional netsuke and could very well have been carved by a professional carver, for personal use. The himotoshi through a carved looped handle on the underside.
DIAMETER 6 CM
Condition: Excellent condition
Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman