Masahide - Tiger netsuke
Tanba, circa 1830
A tiger crouches and rests its paws protectively on a fine juicy bamboo shoot, glancing about himself with a watchful and slightly anxious air, ears pricked and long tail twitching in irritation. The feline’s small head emphasizes the huge muscular bulk of its body, the bulging shoulders, and haunches framing its back in voluptuous curves. The coat markings and bamboo husk are carved in fine detail, the eyes inlaid in luminous pale horn with pierced pupils.
Another tiger by Masahide which almost mirrors this example, is illustrated in Lazarnick’s MCI, vol.1, page 411.