Superb 19th century netsuke of a shishi jumping over a blooming peony bush and landing on a rocky outcrop. Carved with supreme confidence and perfect precision, fantastic detailing. Eyes are inlaid with brown horn, beautiful wear and patina. Signed KAGETOSHI in rectangular reserve on the bottom - this excellent carver is discussed on p. 554 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Excellent netsuke, very rare subject for the carver. Formerly in Scott Meredith collection, illustrated in Barry Davies: 100 SELECTED PIECES FROM THE NETSUKE COLLECTION OF SCOTT MEREDITH, 1995, catalog number 13. Height 1 inch.