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Antique Japanese Showa Netsuke
Guardian Lion
Couching Kara Shishi

Netsuke Signature: Gyokuichi,
Recorded artist in Netsuke, A Comprehensive Study
Based on The MT Hindson Collection by Neil Davey

H 1.25 in.(3cm.), W 1.75 in. (4.5cm.), D 1.25 in. (3cm.)

Condition : very good

A perfectly proportioned and compactly designed netsuke, this animated carving admirably fulfills the cardinal rule of netsuke in that it is fully realized without extraneous projections and undercutting which can weaken the material. This Shishi is highly expressive. With its swirling and trembling forms cut with fluidity and spontaneity, and its color which is deep gold, it resembles a large glittering amber jewel. The roaring shishi guardian, with jaws agape and tongue visible, spiraling tail, whiskers, eyebrows, gripping claws and upturned eyes has the qualities of an imploring pet.

 

Kara Shishi Netsuke
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Held in the hand, the work reveals a great deal of charm as it is turned round. Spiral patterns on the body echo the curvilinear details in the head and tail where fine carving brings out the chunky fur at the back of the head and the haunches. The overall sense of solidity is satisfying, and the ivory is beautifully marked on the bottom where it is signed in a cartouche “Gyokuichi.” --RW

  
  
  
  
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