Kitsune (fox) are creatures imbued with a lot of mythological meaning, as they can change forms, like a tanuki, and are believed to be animated by devils. In this netsuke the fox with a sly expression is disguised as a priest wearing the corresponding flowing robes and leaning on a cane, the paw that is visible is that of a fox. Beautiful patina and good irregular himotoshi showing signs of wear through the back.
HEIGHT 8 cm
Condition: Old and smooth chip to the hem of the robe, otherwise good condition with a very good patina.
Provenance: British private collection, stored in a bank vault for 40 years, collection no. 82.