Netsuke #10: Kinko Sennin
The last netsuke I drew was Tekkai Sennin, one of the Eight Immortal Gods. Kinko Sennin is also an immortal being, a magical hermit of the mountains, but of a lesser rank. He is quite often represented in netsuke though.
An artist who specialty was painting fish, Kinko Sennin would neither kill nor eat them. As a result he was given a giant carp to ride, and invited to visit the Dragon King of the Sea. On the way back, Kannon, the goddess of mercy, gave him a scroll illustrating the Buddhist principle of protecting the lives of all living things. In netsuke he is both shown riding his carp, as above, or receiving the scroll.
Carp, known more poetically as koi, are symbols of luck, prosperity, and good fortune.
More of my netsuke drawings here.