An unusual ivory netsuke, minutely carved and depicting an amusing scene of an oni trying to lift the tea-kettle shell off a kappa, next to a gesticulating monk. The details of this small and fragile carving are incredibly precise. All set on a stippled and thin base. Singular himotoshi on the underside as well as the signature TENMIN in a jar shaped reserve.
HEIGHT 2.6 cm
Condition: Excellent condition.
Provenance: British private collection.