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19c ebony netsuke SHISHI by MASANORI

19c ebony netsuke SHISHI by MASANORI


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1389469
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19th century kokutan (ebony) netsuke of a sitting shishi (Buddhist lion), its tail up and its head turned to the left. Represented beast is definitely male both because of its explicitely carved bottom and because its mouth is open emitting sound A (the first letter of Sanskrit alphabet), while the female shishi are depicted with closed mouth emitting sound N (the last letter). Wonderful expressive face, oversized powerful paws, superbly voluminous mane and bushy tail, eyes are inlaid with metal. Wonderful netsuke carved with confidence and great detail, great sense of volume, superb luster to the wood. Signed MASANORI on the bottom - uncommon artist, listed on p. 728 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Sculpturally speaking, one of the best wooden shishi that I have had. Height 1 3/8 inches.