Ming dynasty, 17th century
The figure is standing with his head slightly bowed to the right. He is wearing long robes with his belt loosely fastened revealing his belly and chest, and toes. His head is finely carved with elongated ears with a happy laughing expression, with his mouth slightly open showing his teeth. He holds a pearl in his right hand and a small bag in his left. A fly-whisk is fastened under his belt at his back. The ivory shows areas of a warm, mellow patina.
9.7 cm high; with double lotus wooden stand
Provenance: An old Dutch collection acquired in the 1930s