This is a finely hand-carved netsuke in Kurogaki (Black Persimmon) wood of a large Seated Hotei with a wide Smile, by an unknown artist from the Iwami Province, carved sometime during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The carving exhibits similar material and carving characteristics of the region. Observe a similar looking figure on top of a toad, finished in a very smooth texture, by Gokyotei Baiseki, in photo #6*, from Iwami Netsuke, RS Huthart Collection, Japanese published book, page 75. Large and wide chimney himotoshi, common of the period.
Netsuke is unsigned. It measures 1.90 inches (4.8cm) tall. and 1.88 inches (4.8cm) wide. Netsuke is in excellent condition, as may be seen in the posted photos.
**Netsuke shown in photo #8 was sold at the Robert S. Huthart Collection of Iwami Netsuke, Part II auction, by Bonhams London, on 06 November 2019, for $3,549 plus 25% premium.