Netsuke carved as an actor wearing rich theatrical costume decorated with pines, a female mask, and holding a closed fan in his hand. Extremely well carved out of beautiful even material, fantastic level of detail both in the mask, headband and clothes with unusually well done dense polychrome decoration. Perfectly captured facial expression with slight smile, wonderful rendition of hair texture. Inscribed ICHIRYU KUMANO on the bottom, Ichiryu being the name of the carver, and KUMANO the name of the famous Japanese Noh play. Very clean and noble sculpture made by a master carver. Height 2 1/16 inches.