Dark Stained Boxwood Netsuke of a Male Tiger Attributed to Tōmin
With most of the attributes of a Minko tiger, except for the slightly amphibean muzzle, an overall looseness to the flesh, and paws which are not four square. The vertebrae are clearly visible and the markings are distinctively incised and inked. The eyes are of brass with inlaid dark pupils
Signed: Minko. Tsu. Circa 1830
Length: 4.8 cm
Compare with the Tōmin in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated on p. 95 of Julia Hutt’s catalogue, as well as on the cover of the first edition.
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