An early kokutan (ebony) wood netsuke depicting a bulky cat (neko) reclining on a rectangular base. The cat has full cheeks, an arched back and a tail which curls around its body. It has slits for eyes and an amusingly satisfied expression, probably it has just finished a hearty meal. It is wearing a collar around its neck, which identifies the cat as a spoiled house cat, which further explains its physical well-being. Large himotoshi through the base.
HEIGHT 4 cm
Condition: Good condition with wear and associated cracks.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection.
Cats are feared by Taoists who regard it as a demon who has taken the place of an old woman.