Carved as a bowl decorated in high relief with an image of a scaly, roaring celestial dragon (tatsu) amidst beautifully carved swirling clouds. The bowl has an elegant shape and functions as an ashtray netsuke. The central himotoshi is surrounded by concentric swirls and the crisply carved claws of the dragon. Ashtray netsuke were often quite simple objects of daily use, and rarely carved to this detail.
DIAMETER 4.2 cm
Condition: The peg that was fitted inside the himotoshi is lost. Otherwise very good condition with an attractive, fine patina.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.