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18c netsuke RAKAN SHUBAKA SONJA with SHISHI

18c netsuke RAKAN SHUBAKA SONJA with SHISHI


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1800: Item # 1405804
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Rare 18th century netsuke of an old man in a robe seated on a base, his hand gently petting the back of a large shishi. I believe it to be rakan Shubaka Sonja (arhat Vijraputra - one of the 18 original disciples of the Buddha) with his faithful companion, the Buddhist Lion. Rare subject, excellent quality early carving - see the severe faces of both characters, fine depiction of shishi’s mane, ribs and bushy tail. Excellent wear, beautiful rich honey color patina, himotoshi is formed by the right front paw of the beast. Height 1 3/8 inches.