Exceptional Stained Ivory Netsuke of a Tama by Anraku
The tide ruling jewel enveloped in swirling clouds
Signed. Osaka, circa 1850
Rutherston & Bandini Ltd.
Jacques Carré collection
A tama is most frequently found clasped in the three-toed claw of a dragon, which is one of the four celestial beings associated with rain. The clouds here suggest the unseen presence of the mighty beast