A wood study of a Turtle, completely protected within the safety of its carapace. The details are finely carved and the eyes are inlaid in dark horn. The beautifully stained wood heightened by the passage of time, enhanced further by careful ownership.
Signed: Tomokazu. Gifu. First half of the 19th Century.
Similar example: Netsuke. By Neil K. Davey. Number 715.
Private US Collection.