A large ivory netsuke set on a large, thick and quadratic base with sizable and well-hollowed out himotoshi. Depicted is a Chinese sage with a bemused facial expression as the little tiger in front of him is lying on his side, baring his genitals and scratching his ear with a mischievous grin. The immortal is wearing a cap and Chinese robes and is leaning on an ornately carved table. Beautiful yellowish and honey patina.
HEIGHT 4.7 cm
Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman.
Condition: Excellent condition, expected age cracks, remnants of red painting on the underside.