BRONZE BUDDHAWOOD BUDDHASTONE BUDDHAJAPANESE NETSUKE
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Antique Japanese Netsuke
Kara Shishi
Playing with Puzzle Ball

Signature: Gyokuzan, Circa late 19th Century
Recorded artist in Netsuke by NK Davey #472
h. 1.5 in.(3.4cm), w. 1.6 in.(4cm), d. 1 in.(2.5cm)
Condition: excellent!


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Shishi Playing With Puzzle Ball Netsuke

Beautifully carved late 19th Century netsuke with bold delineation, compact form and classic proportions. This netsuke exemplifies the period in its symmetrical composition and the rugged quality of the engraved lines. The netsuke represents a Chinese lion with hieratic features. The forward mane of the beast is sectioned into six curling masses ending in snail curls. The ears are laid back against the massive head, the brow is deeply furrowed above the glaring coral inlaid eyes, flared nostrils and bared teeth in a carved through mouth. He is playfully laying on his back, with four claws gripping a large ball; which is also carved through with a free rolling small ball inside. The aged patina appears to be a color of pale gold, the moist and density of the material indicating that the netsuke is carved from the center of the tusk. The simplicity of this piece shows strength and a level of artistry which, along with its age, mark it as a work of integrity.

  
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