Bone Carving Scholar on a Stand (Netsuke)
Small, intricate carving in bone.
Provenance: Originally owned by a relative of Liros Gallery's owner.
"Netsuke, like the inrō and ojime, evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit and an expression of extraordinary craftsmanship. Such objects have a long history reflecting the important aspects of Japanese folklore and life. Netsuke production was most popular during the Edo Period in Japan, around 1615–1868." (Wikipedia)