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 rectangular reserve beneath: Tomotada
Formerly in the collection of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury VT (inventory no. 204)
Sale, Sotheby’s Honolulu, 28th January 1985, lot 32
LITERATURE: G. Lazarnick, Netsuke and Inro Artists …., illustrated p.1163