Late Meiji (1890s to 1910s) Japanese wooden obidome representing a theatrical mask of a beautiful young woman Magojiro - for information on this rare character see NETSUKE MASKS by Bushell, p. 103. Obidome is worn on an obi cord that holds the obi sash together, is the only type of jewelry worn by Japanese women on formal occasions, and could serve as netsuke as well. Beautiful carving on pale boxwood, delicate face with the slightest of smiles, black and red ink highlights, bar on the back for an obi cord, great patina. Signed HIEI on the back. Height 1 3/8 inches.