19th century Tsu School boxwood netsuke of a crouching tiger with its head turned back, its tail running along its spine. Perfectly captured essence of the creature, superbly carved to the last detail. Characteristic Tsu School technique for depicting tiger’s stripes, wonderful face with raised whiskers and horn inlaid eyes, realistic depiction of its genitals, beautiful flow to the tail. Beautiful wear, fantastic patina consistent with age, himotoshi formed by its left limbs. Signed with a “bent trident” mark on the bottom - it must be an unidentified kakihan (carved monogram of an artist). Extraordinary sculpture, all that a great netsuke shall be. Length 1 5/8 inches.