Netsuke of a floating swan with its neck bent graciously and wings raised in the back. Beautiful carving with clean strong lines, perfectly captured essence of the creature, great sense of volume. Gold and black lacquer on the beak,, eyes inlaid with black glass. Some light reddish stains throughout the carving. Signed MASAMI left to right on the bottom - this female carver is the daughter of Shinzan Masanao and is listed in NETSUKE THE H.I.H. PRINCE TAKAMADO COLLECTION II, p. 233. Excellent sculpture, seems to be an early work by the carver. Length 1 7/16 inches.