Discussions, identification and analysis of the different types of Bone and Antler
I'll vote for resin.. looking at the discontinued cracks, and even signature, the carving lines looks uneven and shallow. Another place is the bottom of the foot, there's this prominent small places which reminds me of not good molding. However, if just assuming I'm right, the coloring is the best I've ever seen on a resin one, it even has the yellowing of the outer layer of ivory, and the other dyeing is all there as well.
Enlarging the bottom, I also saw, chunks of something embedded in the caving--on his foot are two and on the base are two that I can see as well. The rest as you say seem believable as it has clean grooves with no residue or bubbles that I can see. IT would take handling the piece to know for sure. Or perhaps Clive would see something that we don't..it's either a nice netsuke or a nice copy of one!
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