Netsuke made of stained bone or ivory, carved in the form of a study of a pillar and three priests. Two priests are holding the section of pillar while a third priest is lying horizontally through a hole, rectangular in section, in the pillar, his head protruding and his face upwards. His upturned feet prevent him from falling out through the hole. On the side of the pillar there are five characters forming two phrases, one the maker's name (Nanko) and the other is 'pillar of the great Buddha'.
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