© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
AN AMUSING IVORY NETSUKE OF A TIGER ON BAMBOO
Katalognummer: NE1118-009
Ivory netsuke
Japan, Kansai region
19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

This motif, called take ni tora, is a symbol of strength and resilience. The tiger with precisely carved fur still appears more like a house cat due to its small size, and in a satirical nod stares with fear. The take (bamboo) is part of the stalk, polished smooth and almost white, serving as a fine contrast to the tiger. The body’s curvature shows a good appreciation of movement by the artist. The tiger is the dragon’s counterpart and embodies earthly power. Himotoshi through the bamboo stalk.

LENGTH 3.8 CM

Condition: Very good, complete condition. One minor age crack through above the elbow of the tiger, minor surface scratches.
Provenance: British private collection

Nachverkauf:  € 1.300

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