An Edo school wood netsuke of a manzai dancer, by Hôjitsu. Mid-19th century
Standing stamping his foot, wearing an Okina mask and an eboshi, and holding a bell tree in his right hand, the mask adorned with hair bushels of ivory, the inlaid beard now lost, the kamishimo incised with cranes and pine sapling, emblems of the New Year. Signed Hôjitsu.
Height 4.2 cm
Collection Reinhold Schulze (1905 - 1993), Germany