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Ɏ A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A SHISHI WITH YOUNG Unsigned Japan,...

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Ɏ A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A SHISHI WITH YOUNG Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Finely carved, the fierce shishi resting on the ground with its young perched on its back, one leg hanging loosely down. The adult shishi ferociously snarling while holding a loose ball in its mouth, its eyes glaring ahead with a protective expression. The manes of both are finely incised and neatly stained, their bodies detailed with small whorls of hair. Two large himotoshi to the underside, the larger of which is generously excavated to accommodate the knot. LENGTH 5.2 cm Condition: Very good condition with minor wear and expected age cracks. The ivory has a rich, honey-yellow patina. This item contains ivory, rhinoceros horn, tortoise shell, and/or some types of tropical wood and is subject to CITES when exporting outside the EU. It is typically not possible to export such items outside of the EU, including to the UK. Therefore, after this item has the necessary trade certificate, it can only be shipped within the EU or picked up in our gallery in person.