The courtly robe, noble features and book indicate that this netsuke possibly depicts the waka poet Ono no Komachi, who lived in the 9th century and is the best-known among the Rokkasen, the six greatest waka poets of the early Heian period, who was a figure surrounded by legends. Powerful patina, himotoshi on the reverse.
HEIGHT 6.1 cm
Condition: Excellent condition with good patina.
Provenance: British private collection.