Japanese Carved Netsuke
Couching Lion Seal
Signature: Unsigned, Circa: 19th Century
1.7 in.(4.5cm), w. 1.5 in.(4cm), d. 1.25 in.(3cm)
Minor usage worn, in very good condition!
shishi is the temple guardian dog in Buddhist countries. In this 19th Century
Japanese netsuke, the simplicity of form of this guardian lion belongs to the
Chinese Ming period. The piece was designed to be used as a seal, it
has a natural himotoshi for the cord to pass through its front leg. The netsuke
is lightly worn from usage over time, and the aged patina appears from cream to
gold in a variant of colors. A similar lion seal netsuke is seen in Raymond Bushell's
"Netsuke, Familiar & Unfamiliar" Chapter 36, page 201.
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