© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
Catalog Numbers: OS0718-264 OS1218-254 AB0319-0216 CH0218-352 OS0717-150 AB916-512 CH0117-269 VS0617-394 DA316-245
A WOOD NETSUKE OF A WOLF WITH TORTOISE SIGNED TOMOTADA
Netsuke, wood
Japan, Edo period (1615-1868), c. 1800

Very good work with traces of use and patina. The hungry wolf, on the battle field, place of judgement or who feeds on animals was already a relatively popular theme with early artists of the Kyoto School, such as Tomotada. No real wolf existed in Japan, rather the wild "mountain dog", thus also called yamainu, or as starving and terrifying Okami, lit. "Great God". The netsuke shows the animal very realistically with expressive two-colored, inlaid eyes, greedy rows of teeth and altogether obviously in the style of Tomotada. Vague signature between the back legs.

Dimensions: HEIGHT 3.65 CM
Condition: Good condtition
Provenance: Ex collection of Dr. W. Heiss, Vienna

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