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19c netsuke DRAGON & TIGER

19c netsuke DRAGON & TIGER


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1299726
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19th century kagamibuta (“mirror lid”) netsuke with metal top depicting a tiger on rocks with bamboo grass and a dragon holding a Precious Gem in flight among swirling clouds: the two appear ready to engage in a fight. Very nice pairing of the most powerful Zodiac animals, bronze disc with gilding, eyes of both beasts are inlaid with shakudo with its characteristic strong black color. Excellent crisp work, some wear to gilding as to be expected, unusual large copper bowl (hollow inside, so the netsuke is not too heavy) incised with scrolling vines along the top, old silk cord. Disc diameter 1 7/16 inches, bowl diameter 2 1/8 inches.