This is an outstanding example of a tall or oversized 18th century Japanese netsuke. It depicts a Sennin with a Monkey.
Oversized or tall netsuke are extremely rare. According to Yakari Yoshida, in a 1999 International Netsuke Society Journal article, this type of netsuke make up approximately only one percent or less of all netsuke held at major collections. According to the author, most of these netsuke were made in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and among the subjects represented by these tall miniature sculptures are Sennin, such as the theme of the carving listed here.
Wonderful rendition of a Tall Netsuke subject. Great two-tone patina. Large, uneven himotoshi, common of netsuke carved during the Edo period of Japan.
Netsuke measures 1.05 inches (2.7cm) and 3.8 inches ( 9.6cm). It is preserved in excellent condition.