A powerful netsuke of a reclining tiger

Nagoya, circa 1780

A powerful netsuke of a reclining tiger

A powerful netsuke of a reclining tiger, its head twisted upwards to look over its back and its mouth open to issue a warning to any unwelcome intruder. Its ears lie flat against its neck and its long tail snakes up over its shoulders. The paws all gather neatly under its body to create a bold but compact piece with the carver’s characteristic spirited flow. The eyes with black stain.

A powerful netsuke of a reclining tiger
A powerful netsuke of a reclining tiger
A powerful netsuke of a reclining tiger
A powerful netsuke of a reclining tiger

Signed on a smooth rectangular reserve: Tametaka with kao

Height: 4.5cm

Provenance:
Adrienne Barbanson collection

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