A beautifully rendered netsuke depicting a snail crawling over a grape vine. The veins of the leaves are carved in delicate low relief; a bunch of grapes hang below. The himotoshi, formed by an opening between the top and bottom set of leaves, completes a very well rendered netsuke; even the signature is rendered with great skill, perched upon an overhanging leaf at the opening of the himotoshi.
Signed, Fujii Katsuyoshi
Ex Huthart Collection
Earle, Huthart, p.351, no.327
Burditt, ICLS, p.41, fig.13
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