A Japanese ivory netsuke of an octopus beating on a bell with a hammer to free the other hidden inside.
The composition reminds the legend of Kyohime, who turns into Hannya with the monk hidden inside the bell.
Sh?sai ?? engraved signature on the base of the bell.
Meiji period 19th century
Sizes: 5 x 3 x 2.8 cm.
Condition report: Good condition