By Okatomo, Kyoto, Edo period (late 18th/early 19th century) The mythical animal shown reclining, looking back over its right haunch with its mouth open in a snarl, its tail laying over its hips and its feet tucked in beneath its body forming a compact design, the details finely carved and stained dark, eyes inlaid in dark horn, signed in a rectangular reserve Okatomo 1 7/8in (4.8cm) long
Provenance: ex Jack Mang collection ex Joseph Seo collection
This is an unusual rendering of this subject. Kirin are more commonly shown seated with their heads up as if baying. This netsuke seems to show more affinity with the familiar model of recumbent goats who are often showed looking back over their shoulders. For such a model of a goat by Okatomo see Neil K Davey, Netsuke: A comprehensive study based on the M. T. Hindson Collection (London, 1974), pg 75, no 193.
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