This is a clasp (netsuke) for the drawstring of the traditional garment (kimono). Based upon its elongated shape and functional design it was made during the mid-18th Century at the very beginning of the development of functional netsuke. The theme is that of an old man in Dutch dress holding a horn used by the Dutch and their hired workers when their trading ships were coming to shore in Japan during the Edo Period.
This antique netsuke is unsigned by the artist. It is made of a stain Japanese boxwood and measures 7.6 cm (3.0 inches) long and 2.0 cm (0.8 inches) wide. An old repair is hardly visible along the rim of the large hat worn by man. Overall the condition is excellent for its age.
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