Plum Wood Netsuke of a Man Leaning Against a Saké Barrel by Miwa
The man naked but for a skirt and an e-boshi, nursing a bulging stomach, perhaps after over-indulging in the contents of the barrel. His eyes are double inlaid in indetermined materials. One himotoshi is ringed with bone
Signed; Miwa with kaō
4.6 cm across
Fuld records three of these with Garaku signatures, two of them much larger (10.5 and 11cm). One is in J. Kurstin, ‘Netsuke; Story Carvings of Old Japan’, p. 37, where the story of the courtier Ono no Tōfu being inspired by the perseverance of a frog is told.
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