Project Description

Ivory ashtray netsuke with a dragon, by Mitsuharu 

The dragon clinging to the outside of the ashtray which is carved with clouds, its body carved with characteristic flames, the scales also with distinctive markings. The eyes are inlaid with dark buffalo horn, surrounded by an incised circle

Unsigned. Kyoto. Circa 1780

3.8 cm across


Compare with two examples in an article by myself in the Bulletin de l’Association Franco-Japonaise, no. 138, Autumn 2018, p. 47