This ivory netsuke of a Sennin with a very large tiger, most likely depicting Bukan Zenshi, a Chinese priest of the 7th century. The Sennin is dressed in Chinese robes and is leaning on the tiger and smiling, while the large tiger is looking downwards, with inlaid eyes, and a powerful expression. His fur coat is incised, and the tail is curling up the front. Natural himotoshi.
HEIGHT 4 CM
Condition: One paw of the tiger has been restored very well, however visible due to the discoloration of the material, a few age cracks, otherwise good condition
Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman
Literature comparison: Compare to another Sennin with tiger in very similar style in Zacke, Japanische Netsuke, Inro und andere Sagemono – Austellung 1986, no. 88.