Netsuke. An ivory study of a koshaku-shi (storyteller) sitting with his legs folded underneath him. He has a hariongi in his left hand, though this is broken and only the top remains. His hair and haori (jacket) are (painted or lacquered?) dark brown. The front of his head is bald, with a central topknot. The rest of the hair is at the back and sides of the head. The eyes are indicated in black dots and the mouth is coloured red. There is a cord, which is not coloured, linking the two sides of the haori at the front. Below this is a dark belt. The ivory is quite stained.

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