Kyoto, early 19th century Balancing on a large smooth ball and looking to the left, its tail trailing to one side, the well-toned ivory is slightly worn and the eye pupils are inlaid, unsigned.
4.1cm (1 5/8in).
象牙彫根付 珠に獅子 無銘 19世紀前期
Provenance: Dr. James Rose collection.
Published: Japanese Netsuke, Serious Art, Sydney L. Moss, Ltd., 1989, no.13. Rosemary Bandini, ibid., p.15, no.16.
The work shows affinities with that of Okatori and Okakoto working at the beginning of the 19th century in Kyoto.