This is a mid-19th century netsuke possibly made by Ishikawa Rensai. an Asakusa School carver, that paints a comical portrayal of a Fu L:ion in a reclining pose with its right paw resting on a Mokugyo. Attributed to the Asakusa carver because of the close likeness of the subjects' characteristics and theme. A very similar piece was sold at the Mang Netsuke Collection Sale, conducted on 07 December 2012, at Falls Church, VA, by Quinn's Auction Galleries, Lot 180, for $2,600, plus premium (25%). See photo #6.
Wonderful two-tone patina. Unsigned.
Netsuke measures 1.41 inches (3.6cm) wide, 2.06 inches (5.2cm) long, and 0.88 inches (2.2cm) long. It has an age hairline on the Fu Lion's back, but, it is solid, and in excellent preserved condition.