An ivory netsuke of perfectly rounded form depicting a shishi holding a brocade ball firmly between its paws – even its tail supports the ball, so it doesn’t roll away. The shishi has an amusingly playful expression with inlaid eyes rolling towards each other and the mouth wide-opened, with a loose ball inside, showing its teeth and rolled up tongue. The lion dog has floppy ears, bushy curls and a flowing mane – all wonderfully carved. Natural himotoshi through the mouth and an old drilled hole on the
underside, so it could be mounted on a cane. The composition is an accomplished counterpart to the
famous Masanao rat.
HEIGHT 3.4 cm
Condition: Good and complete condition. Some wear to the drilled hole on the underside.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.