19th century netsuke carved as a scene from life of Kanshin - one of the three Heroes of Han Dynasty. Kanshin (Han Sin in Chinese) was a dispossessed Han prince, who chose to crawl between the legs of a street bully rather than fight a man of low birth. Very expressive excellent quality carving - see superb detailing of faces, wonderfully incised textile patterns and details such as ropes and weave patterns on baskets and items they are wearing under their sashes. Very nice patina, buttons on the coats of the bullies are inlaid with green stained material. Signed ONO RYOMIN on inlaid cinnabar plaque on the bottom for Ono Ryomin II - the artist is discussed on p. 884 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Wonderful netsuke by the master carver. Height 1 5/16 inches.