Choryo (in Chinese Zhang Liang) was a hero from the Han-dynasty who met the old man Kosekiko on a bridge. The old man began to teach the art of war to Choryo and one day Kosekiko wanted to test Choryo and threw a shoe into the river where a powerful water dragon lived. The dragon seized the shoe and Choryo defeated it and gave the shoe back to Kosekiko. The present netsuke shows exactly this scene – the proud Choryo, with one foot on the dragon’s head, is presenting the shoe to Kosekiko who is mounted on a horse atop a bridge. According to legend Choryo used the teachings of Kosekiko as a military adviser to Liu Bang, founder of the Han Dynasty. Natural himotoshi.
HEIGHT 7 cm
Provenance: British private collection.
Condition: Very good condition, the ivory slightly worn.