Kyoto, circa 1770
A reclining tiger turns his head to snarl in irritation at an unseen interloper. The small ears are flattened against its head and the mouth is pulled back into a wide grimace, exposing sharp teeth. The eyes, with pupils inlaid in buffalo horn, glare piercingly from under the cushiony brows. The powerful paws are tucked neatly close to the body and the underside is rounded, a trait associated with Tomotada’s work.