Kyoto, circa 1790


Slightly smaller than some Okatomo dogs, but for all that executed with loving attention, and blessed with the sweetest of expressions. Much of the original subtle inking has survived, and they eye pupils are of horn, signed.


H. 3.4 cm



- Sale, Sotheby’s New York, 6th October 1982, lot 21

- Scholten Japanese Art, New York Spring 2002

- Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London 2007

- Private collection, France



- Burt Krouner, the fabulous Kyoto SCHOOL, in JINCS, 3/4 (March 1976), p.23, (ill.)

- Bulletin de l’Association Franco-japonaise,  n°75 (Hiver 2002), Scholten advertisement on the back cover

Rare Netsuke of a Dog and Spinning Top by Yamaguchi Okatomo