A small ivory netsuke of a recumbent shishi. 18th century
Roaring, the head turned to the left and its legs drawn in for compactness.
Height 2.4 cm; length 3.4 cm
Harriet Szechenyi (1922-2009), Zurich (sold at Bonhams, London 8.11.2011, lot 1). This piece was the first netsuke purchased by Harriet Szechenyi an about 1963.
Illustrated in: Rosemary Bandini, Shishi and Other Netsuke, London 1999, p. 14, no. 10