An early ivory netsuke of a Chinese sage wearing a cap, gently smiling and leaning on a Chinese table, his robe incised with scrolling vines. The entire composition is set on a large and thick hexagonal base with incised floral and wave motifs. Very large and hollowed out himotoshi through the underside and back.
HEIGHT 4.1 cm
Provenance: British private collection.
Condition: Good condition with age-related wear and very appealing patina, as well as expected age cracks.