This is a finely carved 19th century boxwood netsuke depicting a sleepy Momotaro, a name that means Elder son of the Peach, who is seated as he emerges from the kernel of a giant Peach that rests on top of a tree branch. Awesome detail on this well-rendered miniature sculpture. Age patination has given this piece a well defined dark coloring; more pronounced on the bottom of the netsuke. It sports a natural chimney himotoshi that begins on the bottom of the peach and continues through the space between peach's exocarp, or outer skin, and the back of the boy. Unsigned.
Netsuke measures 1.56 inches (4.0cm) wide, and 1.06 inches (2.7cm) tall. It is in excellent preserved condition, as may be seen in the posted photos.