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Sokou Sleeping Artisan
Ebony netsuke of a Sleeping Artisan seated with knees tucked toward his chest as his left arm
curled atop his two-tiered toolbox with a carved shoulder-strap and a remarkably crafted operable
integrated lower drawer with a tiny jade drawer pull.  The cause of his slumber is apparent from
the inlaid pouch that he clutches in his right hand,  The himotoshi on the bottom are ringed and
the signature “Sokou” is etched into an inlaid plaque.  Ex Edward and Marilyn Flower.  Tokyo,
Meiji period, late-19th century.  Width 3.6 cm (1.5 in.)