Attributed to Yamaguchi Okatomo, signed Tomotada 友忠
Japan, Kyoto, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
A sublimely carved and beautifully worn, old ivory netsuke, bearing an unctuous yellowish patina, depicting a dog wearing a collar and holding a large awabi shell between its paws. The dog (inu) has floppy ears, inlaid eyes, and a pleasingly curling tail, all executed in the manner of Yamaguchi Okatomo. The hairwork is neatly incised but heavily worn, mostly visible in the crevices and unexposed areas of the carving. Signed underneath one leg TOMOTADA. Large himotoshi formed by one cord hole underneath and two further holes to one side.
HEIGHT 3.5 cm, LENGTH 3.7 cm
Condition: Good condition with several natural age cracks and some tiny old, smoothed-out chips.
Compare a closely related ivory netsuke depicting the same subject, signed Okatomo, illustrated in Meinertzhagen, Frederick / Lazarnick, George (1986) MCI, Part B, p. 620.
Compare a related ivory netsuke of a dog and pup, attributed to Yamaguchi Okatomo, at Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 22 April 2022, Vienna, lot 47 (sold for EUR 7,584).
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