An ivory netsuke of a recumbent cow with her head tilted to the right and her sensitively carved young nestling up to her. The rope halter which attaches to the nose ring passes over the back. Her pupils are inlaid, and the muscular body is expressed very well. Finely carved hooves and large himotoshi through the underside above the signature TOMOTADA 友忠 in a rectangular reserve.
LENGTH 5.7 cm
Provenance: British collection.
Condition: The ivory slightly worn with a good patina on the underside. Good condition.