Ivory netsuke representing six pumpkin-shaped flasks, with a cord that holds the first three, while the other three are still in a natural state, before being worked and dug to be transformed into real bottles for sake.
Below the central button, the writing “Fuki chomei” (Blessed long life) has a deep symbolic meaning. This is why it is written that the artist's history is a reference to the theme of his life di lui, and his Japanese culture di lui is especially considered a symbol of longevity and prosperity.
This netsuke in a refreshing taste of a group of bottles for the sake in the shape of a gourd is attributed to Ohara Mitsuhiro (1810-1875).
An identical net was presented at Bonhams on 09/12/2012 in New York.
Period: Edo 19th century
Dimensions: 2.9 x 4.3 x 5.5 cm.
Conservation status: Very good