Good size 18th century netsuke of a standing sennin (Chinese sage) in a long robe and a leaf cape, carrying on his shoulder a Chinese boy who plays a short trumpet. The netsuke is probably a joke on the subject of bokudo, which is typically depicted as a boy seated on the back of a buffalo and playing a flute - a theme of a perfect peace of mind, and one of the stages of a journey towards Buddhahood.. Unusual subject, wonderful quality carving of their faces, beautiful flowing lines of the robe, beautiful wear and warm patina, old age lines. Netsuke of characteristic 18th century triangular section, large and deep himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time. Excellent sculpture. Height 3 9/16 inches (91 mm).