Subject:Re: small Netsuke?
Posted By: John T. Thu, Jul 30, 2020
Nice little piece.
The photos are unfortunately too blurry for me to try and make out the signature.
Whilst it is technically a netsuke, it's a piece which dates from the 20th century, probably mid. It will have been a tourist piece produced for the western market and never actually used. Quite a few of these were actually made in China as opposed to Japan.
For a lot of collectors, this would be what's known as a "Netsuke like object". Still a nice sculpture but it never actually saw use.
I hope this helps,