This is a very simple, well-worn old bone netsuke that looks like it's had a long and useful life. He doesn't have the fine carving of some of our other netsuke but I think that's part of his charm. The figure is Hotei (lit. 'cloth bag' ) who was originally a deity from Chinese folklore and is one of the Japanese seven lucky gods. He always carries a large sack and is the god of abundance and good health. He is signed 'Ikko'.