This is a finely hand-carved netsuke in Ebony wood of a Nasube (Aubergine or eggplant). Netsuke was carved by an unknown artist from the Iwami Province sometime during the 19th century. The carving exhibits similar material and carving characteristics of a netsuke (Photo #7) made by Kyokusui; item 133* of Bonhams catalog. Observe the smoothness of the surface, and the realistic form of the piece.
Netsuke is unsigned. It measures 2.44 inches (6.2cm) tall. and 0.94 inches (2.4cm) in diameter. 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 several thousands of dollars. Price written in pencil do not include a 25% additional premium charged by the auctioneer.