A rare depiction of Kanninbukuro (the sack of patience) which relates to the amount of patience one has to muster from being insulted and offended and tying this up in an invisible bag. This is represented in this netsuke by a kneeling old man, visibly strained, tying up a huge bag in front of him, inscribed in the front ‘Kannin’ (patience). One fears the bag is about to burst and one more drop may be too much for him too bear. Finely stained and carved details. Himotoshi on the underside and signature in a wavy reserve OKURA 小倉, for Ogura Tomoyuki, and considering the style most likely of the Tomochika school.
HEIGTH 4.3 cm
Condition: Good condition, the himotoshi shows some wear.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection, previously collection Karl. M Schwarz.