Netsuke of a Buddhist nun seated in front of a gong, a striker in one hand and a rosary in the other, a boy attendant next to her about to pour tea from a kettle into a cup. There is a feature unusual for high quality netsuke - the nun is actually a fox and has a revolving face, with one side showing a fox with vicious expression, and the other a tranquil female one. Foxes in Japanese folklore are generally regarded as unfriendly creatures capable of turning into women and playing cruel tricks on humans. Perfectly captured facial expression of the boy who appears to be confused by the transformation. Great detailed caring, delicately incised and etched patterns on the robe, nice patina, compressed dust on the surface. Signed SHINGETSU on the bottom - for a discussion of this excellent artist see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 228. Height 1 1/4 inches.