Project Description

Stained Ivory Netsuke of Shoriken and Tiger, by an Osaka artist from the circle of Hidemasa

The immortal dressed in a full Chinese robe engraved with karakusa, his tiger at his feet with its long tail snaking up the immortal’s back.  The animal is more darkly stained than the man’s, its stripes well defined and its eyes double inlays of buffalo horn

Unsigned. Circa 1820

Height: 6.1 cm

Provenance:

Walter L. Behrens

Mark T. Hindson, sold at his 5th sale, Sotheby’s London, 25th November 1968, lot 878

Eskenazi, London

Jacques Carré

Literature:

Joly, Behrens catalogue, no. 767, illustrated on pl. XV

V.-F. Weber, Koji-Hoten, pl. LVI, no. 3

Hurtig, Masterpieces of Netsuke Art, p. 52, no. 138

N.K. Davey, Netsuke [Hindson collection], p. 336, no. 1025

Shoriken was one of the eight Taoist Immortals

Located in the European Union

£7,500

Ref. A508