Early 19th century wooden netsuke of several items used in tea ceremony: one large and one small chunk of charcoal, haboki (feather brush for ashes) and a fan painting depicting 3 turtles and a moon partially obscured by clouds. Superb design in Japanese taste invoking tranquility with a touch of melancholy, beautifully carved. Excellent depiction of tree bark, expertly stained, wonderful patina. Large and deep himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time. Signed MASAKAZU in rectangular reserve on the bottom - the artist is Masakazu the 2nd as discussed in The Meinertzhagen Card Index of Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum, p. 420. Very clever netsuke. Length 1 3/4 inches.