A wood figure depicting a blind man leaning over his box, the feeling conveyed in the netsuke is striking for such a small sculpture; with a gentle twist in the figure's torso and dropped left shoulder, the carver conveys a sense of pain and toil. His expressive face is very recognisable, combined with the tone of the wood and distinctive himotoshi it suggests the Shugetsu circle of carvers. Whoever created it, it is a netsuke full of character and life.
Unsigned – attributed to the Shugetsu school
Early 19th century
Height – 3.6cm
Width – 2.7cm
Depth – 2.2cm
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