Late Meiji period (1890s to 1912) netsuke of a seated geisha holding in front of her a biwa (Japanese lute) wrapped in cloth, probably about to entertain a client. Wonderful quality carving, excellent face with a charming smile, warm yellow staining and patina, beautifully incised textile patterns on the biwa wrapping. Amber inlay in her hair ornaments. Very nice patina, extremely pleasant to handle. Signed MITSUYUKI on the bottom - for information on Yamaji Mitsuyuki see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 791. Height 1 3/8 inches.