Netsuke carved by Ryoshu (born 1912) - one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century. Netsuke represents a beetle crawling over 2 chestnuts. Asian long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) also known as the starry sky beetle, is a species native to eastern China, Japan, and Korea. Absolutely realistic depiction of the insect and the nuts - see the raptured skin of a larger nut on the top. Wonderful clean carving, superb staining, signed RYOSHU on the bottom - for information on the carver see p. 886 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Superb sculpture. Length 1 5/8 inches.