The standing archer wearing a typical broad hat, with an inlaid horn finial, and dressed in an elaborately decorated robe. In one hand he holds a pair of arrows by their heads and the other hand holds a bow, partially hidden within his sleeve in the back. The ‘natural’ himotoshi is located between the archer’s back and his dragon-headed quiver. Unsigned, however bearing all the idiosyncratic features of a Mitsuharu netsuke. Beautiful patina, particularly to the back.
HEIGHT 8.7 cm
Condition: Good overall condition with age-related surface wear and age cracks.
Provenance: British collection.
A similar netsuke was sold by Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 9 November 2017, London, lot 20 (sold for 4.750 GBP).