Very unusual tall boxwood netsuke of a distressed female ama (abalone shell diver) belonging to the Tenaga (long arms) race trying to disentangle herself from the embrace of an amorous octopus. Wonderful inventive take on two standard subjects of Tenaga/Ashinaga and ama/octopus. Superbly carved to the last detail - see her fingernails, portrait quality face, structure and texture of the skin and suction cups of the mollusk, whose eyes are double inlaid. Beautiful even grained material, excellent finish, himotoshi is formed by one of the tentacles of the creature. Signed HIDEYUKI on an inlaid golden plaque on the back - for a lengthy discussion of this superb carver see LIVING MASTERS OF NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, pp. 39-45. Comes with the original tomobako - wooden storage box inscribed on the outside, signed and bearing a red seal by the artist on the inside (see the details on the first photo). Height 5 5/8 inches (143 mm).