An important ebony study of a kirin
By Masatoshi (Nakamura Tokisada, Tokyo, 1915-2002), carved in 1977
The mythical animal shown standing with its four feet together and arching its back as it turns to look back and upward, its mouth open as if baying, flames emanating from its chest, the curly tail, mane and scaly skin all neatly carved with fine lines, signed on the left haunch Masatoshi to
3 5/8in (9.1cm) high
- Please note that this lot was published in the International Netsuke Society Journal, vol. 7, no. 1, pg. 21 "The 18 Greats"; and Connoisseur, 18 January, 1989.
It was exhibited at the following venues:
The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, "Texas Collects Japan", January, 2008; and The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, "The Gould Collection", 1989.