A finely carved ivory netsuke set on an irregular base with a singular himotoshi. The bokudo (ox herder), with inlaid tufts of hair, is gleefully playing on his flute while the ox (ushi) is turning around towards him and listening to the tune. The thin legs of the ox are carved extraordinarily well. Finely carved fur, worn in some areas, with spots of fine honey patina shining through.
HEIGHT 3 cm
Provenance: British private collection.
Condition: A section of the rope halter and the inlaid eye on the less visible side of the face of the ox is lost. Otherwise good condition with excellent patina. Some remnants of red paint on the underside.