Kyoto, circa 1780

A tigress and cub, she rests her foreleg protectively on rump of her offspring, her expression at once stern and maternal. The cub is seated grooming his raised back leg, with a fierce expression, comical in its intensity. The ivory is gently worn and has developed a fine patina. The eyes inlaid in dark horn.

Signed: Tomotada

Height: 3.8cm