19th Century, excellently hand-carved in rare Kurogaki (Black Persimmon) Wood Netsuke depicting a realistic chunk of Driftwood that shows well rendered areas of partially turned bark and a large opening in the middle that may have been dug up by the elements.
This piece is attributed to the Iwami School, because it presents all the characteristics of netsuke made by carvers of the region in Japan (See partial illustration - photo #6 - of the book 'Iwami Netsuke from the R. S. Huthart Collection, Rukosho Book Series, Japan): made of Kaki or ebony wood, depicts a natural object in nature, faithfully portraits its subjects, and resembles others models made by the Iwami carvers
Its possible that this is a one-of-a-kind example, Anne Hall Grundy, in her book "Netsuke Carvers of the Iwami School" says that "carvers from this school never repeated a model, so, each of their netsuke was an original piece".
Large uneven himotoshi, common of netsuke made during the Edo period of Japan, that has been skillfully embedded into the design.
Netsuke measures 2.15 inches (5.4cm) wide, and One-inch (2.5cm) in diameter. It is in excellent condition as may be seen in the posted photos.