19th Century, nicely hand-carved Kurogaki (Black Persimmon) wood Netsuke depicting a squatting Shishi that is placing its front paws on a Tama ‹Ê, or sacred Buddhist jewel, a symbol of Buddhist wisdom that brings light to darkness and holds the power to grant wishes. There is a large moving ball inside the Tama. Eyes inlaid in dark horn. Large chimney himotoshi that has been cleverly carved within the form of the figure. Nice compact form. Rich patina. Signed Michishige on the bottom, to the right of the himotoshi.
Netsuke measures 1.01 inches (2.6cm)) wide, and 1.10 inches (2.8cm) tall. It is in excellent condition, as may be seen in the posted photos.
Note: For a reference to the carver Michishige and his signature, refer to page 754, Netsuke and Inro Artists and how to Read their Signatures, George Lazarnick, 1982