A relatively large and finely carved ivory netsuke of a dog holding an awabi shell between its paws – a symbol of good health and long life. The dog has a whimsical expression with large inlaid eyes of black horn. The fur is neatly incised and characteristically worn, and the patina is a beautifully changing hue of yellow to deep orange honey. The tail of the dog neatly curls upwards and the paws are carved crisply. The underside with the himotoshi – one through the characteristically soft underside of the awabi and the other through the belly of the dog.
HEIGHT 4 cm, LENGTH 4 cm
Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman.
Condition: Very good condition with expected age cracks and fine and appealing patina.