An ivory netsuke, carved in distinct Kyoto style, of a dog with its finely carved paws on a large and smooth ball. The dog (inu), the eleventh animal of the zodiac, is looking backwards with unusually large inlaid eyes of black horn. Minutely incised fur and large himotoshi through the underside and side.
HEIGHT 3.6 cm
Provenance: British private collection Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, from 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 120.
Condition: Expected age cracks, good patina. Good condition.