A naturalistic ivory netsuke of a snail with a smooth and spiraling shell and a foot with an attractively contrasting coarse and cross-etched surface. The flattened and curved underside of the foot is smooth and shows a beautiful yellow patina, as well as the himotoshi and signature in a wavy reserve MASAKAZU 正一. One of the few animals carved by the brilliant Osaka master.
LENGTH 4.8 cm
Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman.
Condition: A small section of the edge of the shell is chipped and both upper tentacles are lost with a small section still visible at the basis and edge of the shell.