A beautifull carved netsuke, sitting left leg bent, right leg lying, left hand on the left knee, right hand on the belly.
His mouth wide open and his face grimacing.
Pierced with two himotoshi underneath. Signed by three-digit incision below.
H: 3.4 cm - W: 3.2 cm - W: 2.5 cm weight: 9 grams
This 3.5cm mid-19th century netsuke made of boxwood and ivory depicts a 'professional sneezer'. To be sneezed upon was seen as a sign of "good luck", so street workers would sit on the footpath and insert a stick or twig into their nose to force a sneeze and receive a donation for their 'service'.
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