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Vintage Japanese Netsuke
Crazy Shishi
Roaring Lion

Netsuke Signature: Gyokuseki, circa: 1900S'
h. 1.3 in.(3.3cm), w. 1.6 in.(4cm), d. 1.4 in.(3.5cm)
Condition: excellent!


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Crazy Shishi Netsuke

In the style of the Crazy Shishi, this netsuke of a guardian lion bears an exaggeratedly ferocious expression, with fanciful curling mane, beard and horns. He is depicted in a lively crouching posture, his head turned and looking out with a menacing snarl, bushy tail thrown across its back and engraved with fine lines that repeat in the sectioned hair of the mane, which terminates in a low relief of balls of fur. This netsuke is tactile with its robust strength compacted into a practical form.

The carver Gyokuseki is recorded in Neil Davey's "Netsuke, A Comprehensive Study Based On The MT Hindson Collection". Nontheless, it is one of the more frequent signatures in our netsuke collection. The shishi's grotesquely whimsical appearance might be attributed to a style as seen in one of our former collection by Shozan. Judging from its virtually perfect condition. This elegantly executed netsuke is likely carved in the early to mid twenty century.

  
  
  
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