19th century small lacquered netsuke of a shojo with fan in his hand. Shojo are mythical creatures living near the sea, and are particularly fond of sake. Excellent carving of the facial expression with a slight smile, superb rendition of its rich robe, characteristic red lacquer hair, overall in excellent condition, really nice feel of age to the piece. Signed CHOKUSAI on the back - for information on this fine artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p.342. Excellent sculpture, rare carver. Height 1 1/4 inches.