An amusing ivory netsuke of a Shishi statically standing upright like the statues that flank the entrances of Buddhist shrines and temples. The glaring inlaid eyes make the statue almost seem like it has come alive. The guardian lion has its mouth opened, and a curly mane and bushy tail accentuated with ink. Natural himotoshi and signature TOMOKAZU 友一 in a wavy reserve in an unusual place near the tail.
HEIGHT 5.4 cm
Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman.
Condition: Very good condition, minor age cracks..