A finely carved and stained ivory netsuke by Chikuyosai Tomochika. Depicted is a demon with a female, possibly Benten, pouring sake into the sakazuki he is holding - accordingly he has a slightly drunken expression. Behind them is an oni who is gleefully rowing the boat. Finely carved waves on the sides. Himotoshi and signature TOMOCHIKA 友親 on the underside.
LENGTH 5 cm
Provenance: British private collection.
Condition: Minor age-related wear and a crack through the underside. Generally, in good condition.