Ivory netsuke of a shishi and cub
Tomotada (Active 1760-1780)
An extraordinarily dynamic composition, the parent scratching, the young gambolling. The ivory is carved with considerable relief and undercutting. The eyes are all inlaid with dark pupils.
Signed in a… Read More
Walrus ivory netsuke of a hatching baku
Sato Kanjiro (active 1890-1910)
The small, slightly startled and bemused looking baku rests its forepaws on the edge of its shell, flames of energy licking around its sides, and wisps of clouds floating… Read More
Ivory netsuke of Daruma
Carved from a beautiful piece of ivory, Daruma looks straight ahead with a stern frown, his hands hidden within the voluminous sleeves of his robe. He is bald apart from sparse stubble above his huge… Read More
Ivory netsuke of a shishi
Hugging the ground with all four feet facing forward, and looking back over its shoulder. The eyes are inlaid with dark pupils.
Although less rounded in its carving,… Read More
Ivory netsuke of a dog with awabi shell
Okatomo (active 1780-1830)
The dog chews on a cord attached to the large shell, which he pins to the ground. The carving has all the attributes of the master and the eyes… Read More