This is an excellently and intricately carved boxwood very charming netsuke,made by the native of Ukraine Alexander Derkachenko. It depicts a seated Okame who is laughing as she holds a large Cucumber. Signed in seal form.
Netsuke is stained in tan and brown colors. It measures 1.21 inches (3.1cm) wide, and 1.52 inches (3.8cm) tall. It is in outstanding condition, as may be seen in the posted photos.
Alexander Derkachenko is a contemporary artist born in Sambor, Ukraine, in 1964. He began carving netsuke in 1990, while he has working as lead engineer at the Kiev Aircraft Factory. His works have been exhibited at art galleries in Kiev since 1993.
He is a member of the International Netsuke Society, and he has been the President of Ukrainian Netsuke Society since 2002..
Alexander’s has a web page at: derkachenko.com.ua/ index.php/en/netsuke
His works are for sale at the Artnow.ru Art Gallery: artnow.ru/en/gallery/ 4/20513/picture/0.html