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Circa 1800

The figure looks proud of his newly fetched object, hopping away swiftly from anyone suspecting, with long curly hair and a Chinese-style coat.

H. 5.6 cm

Private collection, United Kingdom
With us, pre-2021

A tama in Japanese can mean bullet, orb or sphere, jewel or spirit. It gives a good guess at what the carver meant with this orb like form in the hands of this Dutchman or foreigner.

Fantastic Netsuke of a Dutchman or Foreigner holding a Tama

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