A finely carved ivory netsuke depicting a peasant leaning over a water bucket with a finely crafted and gleeful facial expression. He is wearing sandals, his robe is decorated with cross-etched patterns and he has a water-drenched rolled up towel, with finely engraved ferns, draped over his shoulder. Very attractive and irregular himotoshi on the reverse, as well as the signature YOSHINAGA 吉長 in a rectangular reserve.
HEIGHT 4.3 cm
Provenance: European collection.
Condition: Good condition with a few faint age cracks.