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Lot 148 - JAP0522

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Lot details

Japan, 19th century

The massive okimono expressively carved as a shishi (Buddhist lion) with fierce expression placing one paw on her young, the cub playfully biting it, the larger lion looking backwards, the mouth slightly opened baring sharp fangs, the powerful animal about to let out a roaring snarl. Note the beautifully carved details such as the scrolling manes, bushy curling tails and thick brows. The adult’s body is covered in large, boldly carved muscular pads, which the young is lacking as it is not fully developed yet. The dark, slightly reddish wood bearing a fine, unctuous patina.

LENGTH 41 cm, HEIGHT 27 cm

Condition: Good condition with wear, minor losses, and age cracks.
Provenance: Luxembourg private collection.

A carving of this size and quality is to be considered exceedingly rare.


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