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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
Length: 4.5cm


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