A compact depiction of a recumbent tiger, or tora, its head slightly raised and its tail attached to its back. The tiger is the third animal of the zodiac; the tiger and dragon are considered the most powerful animalistic forces in the universe. Tigers also served on amulets for a safe return, as it was said that a tiger could travel for a thousand miles and still safely return home. This tiger’s expression is more tame than powerful and very amusing. It is crafted in the Kyoto style, with eyes inlaid with horn, a finely carved tiger fur pattern, its long tail curling up its back, legs closely together and the himotoshi on the underside.
WIDTH 4.3 CM
Condition: Several age cracks; worn patina especially on the underside. Good condition.
Provenance: French private collection