fine Meiji era netsuke, with individualized characterization and details depicting
a distinctly Japanese motif--a mask maker paused at his work to enjoy a bowl of
noodles. Carved from well marked fine grained ivory , cream to gold in color,
with linear and textural engraving defined with sumi. Finish is a soft sheen.
The cracked mask cradled in the workman’s arm, which is a festival banner bearing
the image of Okame, an emblem of merriment set above a companion minogame, the
long tailed turtle of longevity.