from haunch wolves by masters such as Tomotada, Kokei, Tomonobu; the wolf by Gyokuseki
shown here is modeled with enlarged tense eyes and backward pointing ears, its
grip on the skull has the commanding power of the fu-dog... but the wolf's image
in a muscular body with faintly shown rib cage, is caught in a suspended moment
just before leaping forward.
netsuke is an outstanding piece. Aside from its intricate carving technique and
the overall design for its purpose, the superb artistry succeeded in transcending
this netsuke into a miniature sculpture. Though little is know of his life, Gyokuseki's
netsuke are recorded in London as early as 1922, in the W.L. Behrens Collection,
by Henry Joly.