19th century netsuke of seated Sennin Tobosaku showing off a huge peach of Immortality which he stole from Seiobo, the Chinese Queen of the Fairies. The Peach of Immortality ripens on a tree in her garden only once in 3 thousand years. Superbly carved, excellent face of portrait quality, elegant flow to the lines of his robe, beautiful wear consistent with age. The piece was carved by Shukosai Anraku with his typical treatment of face features (see an almost identical face in his carving of Goshisho in Baur Collection, netsuke C304), type of staining and etched decoration on the robe. Anraku was a brilliant and distinct carver from Osaka - see p. 295 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Great sculpture. Height 1 1/4 inches.