The small netsuke is carved in the form of lava rock, on which a proud Shishi lion stands, the fur detailedly carved, with surprisingly much finesse.
H. 4.4 cm
With Max Rutherston LTD, London
With us, pre-2021
Although the artist has not been identified, his work is known from a distinct group of five Shishi netsuke, discussed in the Sydney Moss catalogue More Things in Heaven and Earth (no. 25, ill.)