Snarling Tiger Netsuke - Ranmei
Kyoto, circa 1830
A snarling tiger turns to look over its right side, one forepaw resting on its hind leg, as if disturbed by something nearby. Compactly carved with its long tail flexing up over it back, its head is held low as it stretches its neck forward in a defensive movement. The stripes of its pelt are worn smooth on its back.
Signed in an oval reserve: Ranmei.
Harriet Szechenyi collection
Bandini, Rosemary, Shishi and other Netsuke, the collection of Harriet Szechenyi, London 1999, p. 72, no. 96