Ivory netsuke of a nio
Crouching and turning the upper stone of a millstone; alternatively attempting to break a mochi into two pieces.
Signed beneath the lower stone: Ikkosai
Height: 3.9 cm
A variant of the subject by Ikkosai, from the Tomkinson, Guest and Storno collections, was sold at Bonhams New York, March 19th 2013, lot 2153 ($11,875). There is speculation that there may well have been two generations of Ikkosai. If so, the fine incised decoration of this netsuke suggests the earlier.