Japanese carved netsuke of a Kappa, Japanese river sprite, emerging from its watery home. Head, shoulders and arms are visible above a breaking wave base. Intricate detailed etching and staining. Beaked mouth and shoulder length hair frame a head perched on scaled arms. The Sara has been concealed by a toad seated on the top of the Kappa's head, hind legs braced against its mounts shoulders, inlaid eyes. Signed Tomomasa. Size: 1.5" x 1.5".
An ivory netsuke 18th/19th Century - Depicting Yama Uba holding the small boy Kintoki on her shoulder. | http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/an-ivory-netsuke-18th19th-century-5073441-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5073441&sid=1f1cda10-6b0f-436b-ba64-6a6c3cd648d8
Baku: Monster that Eats Nightmares Masatoshi (Nakamura Tokisada) (Japan, Tokyo, 1915-2001) Japan, 20th century Costumes; Accessories Ivory with staining, sumi 2 11/16 x 1 7/8 x 1 1/8 in. (6.9 x 4.7 x 2.8 cm) Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection (AC1998.249.54) Japanese Art
A lacquer and wood netsuke of a fox dancer. 19th century Wearing a silvery tight-fitting costume closed by two string bows along the right side. The mask and the hands revealing the natural wood, the string tying the mask to the head in makie.In some areas of Japan the kitsune odori was performed in mid-August at O-bon, the boys wearing white close-fitting costumes.