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Ɏ A POWERFUL IVORY NETSUKE OF A RECLINING SHISHI
LOT 63 - NE0421

Unsigned
Japan, Kyoto, second half of 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Published: Bandini, Rosemary (2001) Expressions of Style, Netsuke as Art, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, pp. 76-77, no. 99.

The shishi lying on its side in a curled-up position, its right hind paw scratching behind its ear. The Buddhist lion has a powerfully carved bushy tail and a mane of straight hair, neatly parted in tresses over its shoulders. The spine and ribs are very well defined, and the large eyes are inlaid in dark horn, almost crossed in concentration, resulting in a quite amusing expression. The ivory bearing a very good color and a stunning patina. One large himotoshi through the underside, the other one cleverly ‘hidden’ away underneath the body.

HEIGHT 4.5 cm, LENGTH 4.4 cm

Condition: Excellent condition with natural age cracks.
Provenance: European collection.

Auction comparison:
Compare to a similar but restored ivory netsuke, recently sold at Lempertz, Asian Art, 27 June 2020, Cologne, lot 319 (sold for 4,250 EUR).

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