19th Century, finely Hand-Carved Netsuke depicting a Large Shishi that is playfully pushing a ball with its left paw stands on a platform right next to a kneeling Karako that appears to be offering a treat to the Lion Dog. Action Figure with powerful form and expression. Stained for effect. The platform is decorated with peonies. Chimey himotoshi that starts in the middle of the platform and continues with the spaces formed by the legs of the Shishi.
Signed (Ryukosai) Jugyoku (1815 – 1877), on a rectangular reserve. Right next to it, an inscription incised on an oval reserve reads “82 years”.
This fine miniature sculpture measures 1.48 inches (3.8cm) wide, 1.18 inches (3.0cm) deep, and 1.80 inches (4.6cm) tall. It shows some wear commensurate with its age, but, it is solid, as may be seen in the posted photos.
Note: Information about Jugyoku, and his signature may be found on page 546 of Lazarnick's: Netsuke and Inro Artists and how to read their Signatures.