Okatomo - Wolf netsuke
Kyoto, circa 1780
An emaciated wolf rests his paw on a large clam, hungry contemplation of sustenance interrupted with a surprised yelp of pain as a hamaguri shell attaches itself to his right haunch. The canine’s ears are pulled back and the eyes startled with dismay. The bony ribs are clearly defined but the paws and muscular limbs are still powerful. The warm reddish brown wood is enhanced with hairwork. The eyes double inlaid in ivory with dark horn pupils.