Carved through the darker skin to the slightly lighter coral beneath such auspicious symbols as a flying crane, minogame, bamboo and pine. The base carved with waves and a the mokkobishi-mon of the Asakura family
Unsigned. Circa 1820
George Lazarnick, Honolulu, sold in his sale at Sotheby's, London, 14 November 2000, lot 101.
The carving technique simulates the tsuiko method of carving lacquer to reveal a lighter ground beneath