A compact wood netsuke depicting a mermaid. The mermaid has a strong face and hair flowing down her back; her arms are tucked in and tail turned back on itself, forming a particularly compact netsuke.
The himotoshi is formed by one larger hole to the mermaid’s underside and a smaller hole under one arm.
First half of the 19th century
Sotheby’s New York February 8th 1989 – lot 104
Ex-Madelyn Hickmott collection
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