Nineteenth century ivory and silver netsuke. Karashishi.

£2,985.00

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Nineteenth century ivory and silver netsuke. Karashishi. 

    This very rare and fine quality netsuke was made in Japan in the mid nineteenth century. It shows a ShiShi dog holding a flower in its mouth, its eyes inlaid with gold. Karashishi have their origins in China. ShiShi dogs are the Japanese equivalent to Chinese Foo dogs. ShiShi are often posted to the right and left of Temple and house entrances, but are also found on the roof. They appear with their mouths open, to scare away evil demons, and closed to keep the good spirits in.

    This rare and important ivory and silver netsuke measures 5.75cm in diameter and is 2cm thick. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.