"A rare Japanese wood okimono (in the manner of a sashi netsuke) of Tenaga and Ashinaga with octopus, signed, the characters translate as Kakusen. 19th century, 10” high.
Ashinaga and Tenaga (long legs and long arms) are the two legendary neighboring races, the one consisting of very long-legged people with short arms, the other having very long-armed people with very short legs; the two races cooperated together in catching fish.
A sashi netsuke is a netsuke carved in a rare elongated form, as a toggle for a sagemono." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 9/15/2004