Unusual Japanese Netsuke--Probably from the mid-19th Century

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Unusual Japanese Netsuke--Probably from the mid-19th Century

This netsuke has been carved out of a potato shaped piece of rock about 2 1/2 inches long and quite "fat." It may be white jade as most vintage netsukes were generally carved out of a semi-precious stone, such as jade, ivory or even bone. This is larger than most and the typical netsuke is carved as a completed mini statue, while this rock was left as the "background canvas" of the carving, with the Buddha good luck figure carved into the face of the large piece of stone. The top has the traditional two holes, through which rawhide/strings would tie to the wearer's purse. The purse would be out of sight inside the clothing while the decorative netsuke would hand outside the clothing in sight. I personally was drawn to this because it is unusual and unlike most intricately carved netsukes.