A wood netsuke depicting a skeleton leaning against a sotoba (grave post), the post inscribed with “save us, merciful buddha”. With one hand, the skeleton holds a lantern, the other is resting on the post; the body of the skeleton is boldly carved. A natural himotoshi is created by the opening between the post and the skeleton’s abdomen.
An almost identical netsuke by Gyokko is pictured in Netsuke and Inrō Artists, and how to Read Their Signatures by George Lazarnick.
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