An ivory netsuke of Ebisu. Early 19th century
Climbing on a huge blow fish (fugu), wearing trousers (kukuri hakama) and a garment with long sleeves bound together with a tasuki band tied into a large bow at the back, the fugu’s tail fin turned to the left. Pupils of the fish of brown horn.
Height 2.8 cm
Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted (1882-1948), Warwickshire, Great Britain (sold at Christie’s, London, 15.12.1987, lot 115)