Ivory Netsuke of a Man on a Horse, Japan, 19th century, surrounded by six men in various poses including a horse attendant, two children in baskets on the horse's back, signed "Chounsai Gyokumin (長雲齋 玉眠)" to circular base, ht. 2 1/8, dia. to 2 in.
An ivory netsuke of a kneeling karako masquerading as a Noh performer with a very expressive 'Buaku' mask over his face. The diaphanous folds of his kimono are realistically rendered with finely engraved details of butterflies and kiku blossoms. Signed Meikosai Hoichi. Ex. Meinertzhagen Collection. Ills. MCI, page 167. Mid 19th Century. Height: 3.7 cm