Good size late Meiji (1890s to 1911s) netsuke of reclining Soshi wearing flower decorated robe and leaning on his hand as he falls fast asleep. Soshi was a Chinese philosopher who dreamt he was a butterfly, and could not in his dream decide whether he had become a butterfly, or whether it was the butterfly who had borrowed his form. Essentially the netsuke is a reminder of relativity of personal opinion. Very nice carving, wonderful tranquil face, delicately incised and etched patterns on his robe. Nice patina, pleasantly chunky. Signed MITSUYUKI on the bottom - the artist is listed in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 498, number 1655). Length 2 1/2 inches.