19th century boxwood Japanese netsuke in the form of Tekkai Sennin. Tekkai Sennin was an immortal who went to heaven and left his body in the care of a servant. The servant left the body to care for his mother, and a wolf ate it. When Tekkai returned, there was no body to be had except that of an old beggar who carried an iron staff. He is a popular subject in Japanese art and easy to recognize because of the staff. The patina on this netsuke is beautiful and the carving is well done.
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