Japan, Osaka, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
A compact depiction of a recumbent tiger, or tora, its head slightly raised and its tail curling over its back. The tiger is the third animal of the zodiac, the tiger and dragon are considered the most powerful animalistic forces in the universe. Tigers also served as talismans for a safe return, as it was said that a tiger could travel for a thousand miles and still safely return home. This tiger’s expression is crafted in Osaka style and is very amusing. The eyes are inlays of reddish horn. Good, thoroughly excavated himotoshi underneath.
LENGTH 4.3 cm
Condition: Good condition with some natural age cracks and surface wear.
Provenance: Zacke, Fine Netsuke, Sagemono & Okimono, 24 November 2018, Vienna, lot 11. German private collection, acquired from the above.
Trade Certificate: The trade certificate for the sale of this lot within the EU has been granted (permit number AT 23-B-0344).
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