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Shishi by Minkoku

Antique Japanese Wood Netsuke
Kara Shishi
Holding Puzzle Ball

Netsuke Signature: Minkoku. Circa: 18th Century
Inro and Netsuke, Tokyo Nation Museum Collection, page 99 #206
h. 1.4 in.(3.6cm), w. 1.4 in.(3.6cm), d. 1.25 in.(3cm)
Condition: age crack, o.a. very good!

Minkoku Signature
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Beautifully carved late 18th Century Kara Shishi with bold delineation, compact form and classic proportions. The hieratic features represent a traditional Chinese guardian lion with large ears hovered back against two row of mane, four sections of curling masses in snail curls, and six deeply carved long mane covered nearly all its back. The lion's thick eyebrows are deeply furrowed above the bulging eyes, flared nostrils and bared teeth in a carved through open jaws. With his four claws he is tightly gripping a large ball; which is also carved through with a free rolling small ball inside. Superb design in symmetrical composition and strong definition of engraved lines, this netsuke exemplifies the ambiance of the period in the Edo area. An excellent netsuke specimen created by the famed netsukeshi Minkoku. A similar Shishi netsuke by the master is currently in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum.

 
  
  
  
  
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