Project Description

Wood netsuke of a shishi by Naito Toyomasa (Tamba, 1773-1856)

Standing with its front paws on a large spherical egg from which emerges a newborn pup, both animals with eyes of mid-toned horn, drilled with pupils. The adult has a loose ball in its mouth

Signed: Toyomasa.  Sasayama, circa 1840

Height: 4.2 cm


Sotheby’s London, 12th June 1986, lot 285

Harriet Szechenyi collection

Her sale at Bonhams London, 8th November 2011, lot 31

Private collection, Russia


State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, ‘Netsuke, Japanese Miniature Sculptures from Private Collections’, July-October 2016,no. 10 in the catalogue


Rosemary Bandini, ‘Shishi and other Netsuke’, 1999, p. 16, no. 22