Netsuke have been collected in the West since
the 19th century, creating high demand for
these little sculptures. The pair of figures was
most likely created in China for the tourist
marketplace. The Chinese origin of this pair is
reinforced by the fact that the woman's feet have
been bound. Such works are deemed by
collectors to be "Hong Kong" netsuke. However,
unlike typical imitation netsuke, which are
commonly created from molds, this pair has
been hand carved out of ivory and painted.
is also a signature present on the left buttock of
the female figure.