A stylised bird, the body hollowed out to form a dual function netsuke-ashtray. Confidently attributed to the Mitsuhiro studio. Mitsuhiro left behind a literary work named the the Takarabukuro, a kind of instruction manual detailing some of the designs Mitsuhiro made. Raymond Bushell arranged for this work to be translated, one entry explains; Plump bird, a cuckoo in Korin style.
Mid 19th Century.
Ex: Klaus Riess Collection. Germany.