A rare representation of a Chinese sage, with long hair and wearing a Taoist cap, taming a Shishi with a rope. The wild Buddhist lion is flailing at his feet. Good dramatic composition, fine patina with a yellowish hue and ‘chimney himotoshi’ – the smaller through the sage’s back and the larger through the underside.
HEIGHT 5.5 cm
Condition: Good, complete condition. The ivory slightly worn.
Provenance: British collection.