This is a "real netsuke" in that it was at one point attached to an Inro (pillbox) and worn at the waist rather than for decoration. The quality craving is superb if it were a full-sized mask; its masterful given its tiny dimensions.
The high-quality of this item is exceptionally rare. Wood Mask netsuke of Hotei, Signed. Good patina, and signed on the back bar.
Please see my other masks (including many Japanese ones) that are being listed; check out my other items! The item "Finely Carved Antique Wooden Japanese Netsuke Mask Highest-Quality Mennetsuke" is in sale since Tuesday, September 11, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Netsuke". The seller is "cosmic_goods" and is located in Freeport, Maine. This item can be shipped worldwide.