A wood netsuke of a snake and tortoise
By Sukenaga, Takayama, 19th century
The snake coiled tightly around the tortoise, its forked tongue licking out to the head of the tortoise, which emerges from its shell, forming a compact composition in lightly-stained boxwood, the snake's eyes are inlaid, signed in a sunken oval reserve Sukenaga.
3.5cm (1 3/8in).
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