Early 19th century boxwood netsuke depicting sitting man clutching his knee while suffering moxa treatment - traditional medical practice of applying small burning cones of dried herbs to an acupuncture point. Moxibustion is thought to strengthen and stimulate the blood and the life energy. There seems to be a hidden joke in plain sight: wrinkles on his forehead form character FU which can be translated as “husband / consort”. Very good early carving, beautifully stained and worn with great warm patina, wonderful unhappy face, the cone is inlaid with horn, old age lines. Very pleasant feeling of age to the piece. Height 1 5/16 inches.