Japanese netsuke carved as a standing man, a drum by his feet and a large shishi mask in his hands - he is about to take part in a performance of a shishimai dance. Nice features to the piece - the lower jaw of the mask is moveable, and the face is reversible presenting one of a smiling boy and the other of a pensive peasant. Very strong carving with great quality of facial expressions and detailing - see a cord on a drum, etching of designs on his pants and robe. Eyes of the shishi mask are inlaid with horn, very nice patina, Signed SHOGETSU in seal form in oval reserve on the back - the artist is listed in CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 230 and is famous for developing the technique of reversible face. Height 2 1/16 inches.