Finely stained and carved as a boar (inoshishi) seated on a bed of autumn leaves and lifting its left hindleg to scratch its ear. The boar has an amusing expression with its head and snout turned upwards. To its side is a rock with autumn grasses extending over its back. The underside is especially well-carved with good himotoshi and signature MASAYUKI 正行.
HEIGHT 3.3 cm
Condition: Very good condition, minor expected wear.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.
This Masayuki is the fifth carver mentioned in MCI, who carved mostly ivory in the style of Anraku of Osaka and often used a kakihan. Literature comparison: Another netsuke of a boar scratching its ear (unillustrated and ex W.L Behrens) is in F. Meinertzhagen, MCI Part A, New York, 1986, page 496.