Project Description

Ivory netsuke of a tiger, by Mitsushige 

Seated with its head turned back over its shoulder, and snarling. The eyes have inlaid pupils of dark horn

Signed: Mitsuhige. Kyoto, circa 1800

Height: 3.9 cm

Old age cracks


This is a classic Mitsuharu model, as discussed in my article on the artist in the Bulletin de l’Association Franco-Japonaise, no. 138, autumn 2018, pp. 43-44. In particular note the bendy, rubbery legs, the twisted neck, sharp leaf-shaped eyebrows and the eyes that Mitsuharu reserves for figures and animals of legend