An ivory netsuke of an ox herder seated on a recumbent ox, one hand placed on his lap and the other placed on his head pensively. The sickle is visible on the back and is attached to the herder’s obi (belt). The ivory shows considerable wear and a beautiful warm patina and is set on a base, as is usual for this type of early netsuke, with very large and well-hollowed out himotoshi.
HEIGHT 4.2 cm
Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman.
Condition: Good condition – expected age cracks and wear.