19th century netsuke of a man seated on a cushion, his feet folded under him, an open book and a pipe in his lap, but instead of reading he is concentrating on the game of kamifuki. The object of the game is to blow away a strip of paper attached with its end to one’s forehead. Superb face with his lower lip raised to direct his breath towards the paper, open page shows Mount Fuji with clouds, birds in flight and several lines of poetry. Beautiful flow to the lines of his robe, great depiction of textile patterns, pleasant staining and patina. Signed KEIMIN on the bottom, excellent sculpture. Height 1 5/8 inches.