19th century netsuke of a karako (Chinese boy) threatening a crouching tiger with a rock in his hand, all on a low table. Netsuke represents a legend of Yoko (Yang Xiang in Chinese) - one of the paragons of filial virtue. Yoko accompanied his father in the mountains, where a tiger sprang upon them. The boy jumped in front of his father, who was thus saved, but the boy was killed. Excellent dynamic carving, great facial expressions, especially that of the tiger. Top knot of the boy is inlaid with brown horn, superbly incised and etched tiger stripes, very pleasant patina. Signed ANRAKUSAI on the bottom - the artist’s work perfectly resembles that of Anraku, and he is listed on p. 326 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Wonderful sculpture. Length 1 5/16 inches.