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