This netsuke shows a multitude of different Noh masks, one next to the other around the entire work, all from Japanese theatre and folklore. Natural himotoshi through the openwork, signed on a flat bottle gourd HAKUUN, for Hakuunsai, a master of dense mask compositions.
WIDTH 3.5 CM
Condition: The ink and red paint is slightly worn, very good condition
Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman