Project Description

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