19th century netsuke of Oguri Hangan skillfully balancing his horse on a GO board. He was a son of a rebellious vassal of Ashikaga who had to live in hiding, and was celebrated for his fantastic horsemanship. Excellent carving to the last detail: face and clothing of the rider, head, mane and trappings of the animal, himotoshi (cord opening) formed by the legs of the horse. Signed GYOKURINTEI on the bottom - the carver is well known for that type of detailed work and is listed on p. 426 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Beautiful wear and patina, great sculpture in perfect condition. Height 1 1/2 inches.