19th century Asakusa school staghorn netsuke in ryusa shape decorated with low-relief carving of an ama (diver girls, usually diving for abalone and other edible shells) offering a clam from a basket to a boy. As almost inevitable with clam shells in netsuke, there is a subtle sexual connotation. The back is decorated with 2 rocks, shaped openings and large himotoshi. Very good level of detail - (see her straw skirt), beautiful warm yellowish patina ( especially on the back where netsuke was touching the silk of kimono), darker porous areas as is usual with staghorn. Length 2 inches.