Netsuke seal of a karashishi
Asakusa school, circa 1860
A small ivory seal netsuke depicting a comically fierce karashishi, his front paws resting protectively on a large mokugyo. The underside carved with a seal reading “Seimei” (Kiyoaki). The seal characters are carved in reverse, indicating that it was commissioned by the bearer of the name. The red ink embedded in the surface confirms that the seal has seen ‘active service’.