A wood netsuke of an old man from the Kobayakawa clan wearing a kimono sitting in front of a wooden bucket, the bucket carved to the base with the crest of the Kobayakawa clan.
The netsuke is 40 mm high, 38 mm wide and has a thickness of 27 mm.
It weighs 13 grams.
Obtained: From an International auction.
Remarks: The Kobayakawa clan was a Japanese samurai clan that claimed descent from the Taira clan. Their holdings were in the Chugoku region. They were a powerful clan during the Sengoku period but were disbanded during the Edo period after the Battle of Sekigahara. However, the Kobayakawa clan was restored by the Mōri clan during the Meiji period and granted a title of baronage in the new nobility. In addition, the Kusai clan of Takehara which is a branch of the Kobayakawa were granted a rank of nobility.
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