A Nagoya school cherry wood netsuke of a sleeping shôjô, by Mitsutame. Mid-19th century
Asleep with head resting on the right hand, the knees drawn up to its body, the robe with finely incised hanabishi, the hakama with cloud patterns in relief, the long hair falling over its back. Signed Mitsutame in ukibori in a rectangular reserve.
Height 3 cm; length 4.5 cm
Francois Storno, Genève (sold at Christie’s, London, 16.5.2007, lot 309)
The signature illustrated in: George Lazarnick, Netsuke and Inrô Artists and How to Read Their Signatures, Honolulu 1982, p. 788