A rope is attached to the horned ox’ muzzle, winding around the animal’s back. The ribs, fur pattern, tail and legs show great attention to detail, a masterful feat when considering the complicated use of material. Black inlaid eyes. The small calf is snuggled closely to the ox. The ox (ushi) is the second out of the twelve signs of the Japanese zodiac and a symbol of spring and agriculture. Small ox figures like this one were also worn as a talisman against different illnesses. Small himotoshi on the underside.
LENGTH 5.2 cm
Provenance: Austrian private estate acquired at Dorotheum on 1st December 1993, lot 61
(12.000-14.000 Austrian Schillings).
Condition: Very good condition.