Project Description

**SOLD** Large Netsuke of a Shishi 

Standing with its forepaws on a diminutive table, twisting around and looking upwards. The slightly wild, close set eyes are enlivened with small inlaid pupils of dark buffalo horn

Added signature of Tomotada.  Kansai. Circa 1790

Height: 8.8 cm


While I do not believe the signature for a moment, the carver of this exceptional, dynamic sculpture is familiar to us from many netsuke, for example a shishi illustrate in Ducros, ‘Netsuke & Sagemono 2’, p. 50, no. 6