Late nineteenth century stained ivory netsuke. Chokaro Sennin.

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Late nineteenth century stained ivory netsuke. Chokaro Sennin.

    This exceptional stained ivory netsuke was produced in Japan at the end of the nineteenth century. It shows Chokaro Sennin. Sennins are immortal beings who live like hermits in the mountains. There are over five hundred different Sennins in total. Chokaro Sennin, by contrast to most, is a traveller. He carries a gourd in which he keeps a horse, which he frees by blowing into the opening. The horse then carries him wherever he wishes to go.

    This superb stained ivory Meiji Period netsuke stands 5.3cm tall and is 3.5cm at its widest point. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.