Early 19th century Carved as a traveling nun standing, looking over her left shoulder and holding a bamboo cane, with red and black highlights 4 1/4in (10.8cm)
The subject of this netsuke is most likely a fox manifesting itself as a woman. According to Japanese mythology, foxes or kitsune have the ability to change form at will. For an example of a fox standing in the same pose before transformation, see Neil K. Davey, Netsuke: A Comprehensive Study based on the M.T. Hindson Collection (New York: Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1974), 318.