This is a finely hand-carved netsuke in Kurogaki (Black Persimmon) wood of a Lotus Seed Pod, made as a Karakuri or 'trick' Netsuke in that the seeds rattle and peep out of the seed holes. Netsuke was carved by an unknown artist from the Iwami Province sometime during the Early 19th centuries. The carving exhibits similar material and carving characteristics of a netsuke (Photo #6) made by Seiyodo Gansui (1809-1848). Observe the lines of the sides of the lotus pod and how they compare with the hairlines on the mushroom, and the Ukibori work on the bottom of the lotus pod resembles the finish of the toad shown in photo #3 (item 49* in Bonhams Catalog).
Nicely detailed ukibori rendering of the bottom of the lotus pod and the fine hairlines on the Lotus Pod exterior. The stem of the lotus flower serves as natural himotoshi.
Netsuke is unsigned. It measures 1.54 inches (3.9cm) tall. and 1.67 inches (4.2cm) long. Netsuke is in excellent condition, as may be seen in the posted photos.
**Robert S. Huthart Collection of Iwami Netsuke: Part II, Bonhams London Auction Catalog, 06 November 2019.
As you can see in photo #7, Iwami netsuke from the Huthart Collection at this auction were sold for thousands of dollars. Price written in pencil do not include a 25% additional premium charged by the auctioneer.