This is a spectacular, 18th Century, excellently hand-carved Mixed Materials Netsuke depicting SEIOBO, The Chinese Queen of the Fairies. She is standing, holding a peach with leaves over her hat, and next to her chest.
Seiobo, is also known as Si Wang Mu. According to Taoist legends, she has a palace in the Konron mountains, where she grows the tree of the genii, the fruit that ripens evry three thousand years. The fruit of this tree confers the gift of immortality to the person who eats it.
Awesome details on both her expression and clothing, which are decorated with geometrical patterns and Ukibori carving. Wonderful, rich patina. Large, uneven himotoshi. Signed Kazumasa in an oval irregular reserve formed by her left foot.
This Outstanding miniature sculpture measures 1.13 inches (3.0cm) wide, and 3.20 inches (8.1cm) tall.
NOTE: The reference to the carvers signature, Kazumasa, is found in Neil Davey's book "Netsuke".