The butterfly dancer performing the kocho no mai is shown in a dancing posture, one leg raised, holding a drum in one hand with another swinging upwards. His wings, neatly incised with circular patterns, are spread and two garlands surround him, flowing downwards to his legs. Finely carved facial features and good staining. Small himotoshi in the back and signature on the left foot MASAHIRO 正廣.
HEIGHT 5.2 cm
Condition: Excellent condition.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.
Literature comparison: For another example of this very rare subject see Karl M. Schwarz, Netsuke Subjects, no. 290.