An early ivory netsuke depicting Chinnan Sennin with an expressively carved face, standing and holding an alms bowl before him, a dragon emerging from it and resting its head on the hermit’s back. The ivory has a beautifully glossy, yellowish patina turning into a deep caramel color throughout. Note the finely carved scales of the dragon and flowing sleeves of the sennin. Good, angled himotoshi through the back.
HEIGHT 6.1 cm
Condition: Very good condition with expected age cracks and stunning, natural patina.
Provenance: Old Viennese private collection, collection no. 28, acquired from Galerie Zacke.