19th Century, excellently hand-carved in rare Persimmon Wood Netsuke depicting a realistic version of a Cicada that is laying upon a half Walnut shell. This netsuke is carved in intricate detail; faithful in form and image to the subject in nature that it represents.
It 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 #10 - of the book 'Iwami Netsuke from the R. S. Huthart Collection, Rukosho Book Series, Japan): made of Kaki (persimmon) or ebony wood, depicts a natural object in nature, faithfully portraits its subjects, and resembles others models made by the Iwami carvers. Very Large, unusual himotoshi, that has been skillfully embedded into the design.
Netsuke measures 1.15 inches (5.4cm) wide, 1.54 inches (3.9cm) long, and 1.05 inches (2.7cm) tall. It is excellent condition as may be seen in the posted photos.