19th centuryl kagamibuta (mirror lid) netsuke with patinated bronze top with inlaid and carved design of two travelers crossing a shallow stream. Most probably they are traveling blind performers - the first one is testing the stream with his bamboo pole, the second one is carrying a biwa (Japanese lute) carefully wrapped in brocade textile as he holds onto the other pole held by the leader. Fantastic quality inlays and detailing - see the nods on the bamboo poles, faces and incised textile patterns, skillful use of copper, silver and gold, in excellent condition, beautiful original bowl. Signed RYUMIN followed by kakihan (carved monogram) of the artist - for information on this excellent metalsmith see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 895. There is almost an identical netsuke illustrated on the page. Disk diameter 1 5/16 inches, bowl diameter 1 7/8 inches.