19th century kagamibuta (mirror lid) netsuke with metal top depicting Kyoyu - one of 7 Sages of the Bamboo Grove - seated among rocks by a waterfall and cleaning his right ear thus washing off the indecency of the suggestion for him to become an Emperor. Sometimes he is shown with his friend Sofu leading his ox away from the river several miles downstream from the waterfall, so it will not drink water tainted by indecency of the proposal. Wonderful crisp metalwork with inlays and gilding, pleasant wear and patina. Very beautiful staghorn bowl, old collection number on the back. Disc diameter 1 1/16 inches, bowl diameter 1 5/8 inches.