This is an excellently and intricately carved boxwood very charming netsuke,made by the native of Ukraine Alexander Derkachenko. It depicts the seventh God of Fortune, Jurojin, seated, holding a huge fish on a line that he carries at his back. Signed in seal form.
Netsuke measures 0.92 inches (2.4cm) wide, 1.39 inches (3.5cm) long, and 1.78 inches (4.5cm) 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