classic manju-shape netsuke, quite old, smoothed by time and patterned on the
early button type of netsuke which served as a toggle before more elaborate versions
began to appear. This piece is made from the center of the tusk tip, as can be
seen by the concentric whorls on the bottom, is nicely marked with crosshatching
and bears a mellow patina of age. It is carved and engraved with a pattern of
flower and leaves against a stippled background; scalloped edges and himotoshi
on the bottom; unsigned.