19th century netsuke of recumbent mother Shishi with a Young one that is playfully climbing on her back. They, both seemed to be on the alert with their eyes wide open. Excellent form a symmetry, great rendition of their curly manes and tails, from an artist that was quite adept and proficient at carving animals, according to George Lazarnick, in his book “Netsuke and Inro Artist and How to Read their Signatures. Wonderful chimney himotoshi that starts on the bottom of the netsuke and continues through the hind legs of the Young Shishi. Some wear and spotted patina. Signed Gyokuzan on the Mother Shishi’s left hind leg. Netsuke measures 1.88 inches (4.8cm) long, 1.14 inches (2.9cm) wide, and 1.32 inches (3.4cm) tall.