A charming study of a reclining bitch with two pups, one nestling up to her underneath her head and the other climbing onto her back. The wood of a very good color, with a fine dark red hue, especially visible on the underside. Signature TOMONOBU next to the udders of the female dog on the underside.
LENGTH 4.5 cm
Condition: One leg of the reclining puppy is chipped. Otherwise good condition.
Provenance: British private collection.
Probably the Tomonobu mentioned as from the Tomochika school, however the tone of the wood could suggest Nagoya school, which could make it a very unusual subject by Arima Tomonobu.