Project Description

Ivory netsuke of a dog with shell, by Tomotada (Active 1760-1780)

The slender hound lies on the ground holding a clam shell between its forepaws and licking it.  The downturned eyes are inlaid in dark horn.

Signed: Tomotada


Julius and Arlette Katchen collection, Paris

Max Rutherston, London

Private collection, Germany


A. Katchen, Netsuke 7, vol. I, pp. 20-21, no. K46


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