This netsuke shows a popular theme, adopted from China, and used for some of the earliest Japanese netsuke which derived from Chinese toggles. Depicted are two Chinese boys, their facial expressions executed very much in the style of the Ming dynasty, dressed in Chinese robes and holding a fan together above a tied sack – an allusion to the lucky deity Hotei (in Chinese Budai).
HEIGHT 3.5 cm, LENGTH 4.6 cm
Condition: Worn condition, very appealing patina, age cracks and the fan is slightly chipped.
Provenance: Austrian private collection.