Ebony pipe holder in the form of a beanpod
The otoshi-zutsu type case hollowed out from the ebony leaving a very thin skin of wood, naturalistically carved with a stem and leaves at the top, much of the length open along one edge, and applied on the outside with a marine ivory snail.
Signed: Hokkyō Sessai with kaō
Echizen, circa 1860-80
Length: 22 cm