This dog, or inu, is seated upright on an oval base with its expressively carved head turned backwards. The dog has floppy ears and is wearing a decorated collar with a bob and a bell on it. Its tail forms a large spiral. This netsuke was originally meant to be an ingyo (seal) netsuke but remained uncut. Signature on one thigh in a rectangular reserve Toshihide or JUEI with a kao underneath that is very characteristic of this artist. The name Juei literally translates to “eternal life”.
HEIGHT 5.3 CM
Condition: Very good condition - appealing patina, especially to one side
Provenance: British private collection
Auction comparison: A netsuke by the same artist was sold at Bonhams, The Harriet Szechenyi sale of Japanese Art, London, 8 November 2011, lot 3.