A rather large ivory netsuke depicting a man and woman dressed in elaborately decorated clothes, holding a large tiger. The tiger is finely carved with a well-expressed fur pattern, curling tail and snarling expression with inlaid pupils of dark horn. The woman is holding the tiger, while the man is looking at a food basket and scratching his head in confusion. Possibly they are wondering what to feed the tiger. Himotoshi on the underside and signature on an inlaid mother of pearl tablet ANRAKU 安樂.
HEIGHT 4 cm, LENGTH 4.5 cm
Provenance: British private collection
Condition: Very good condition, minor imperfections to material.