A fine boxwood netsuke of a shishi and young. Mid 19th century
Seated on its hind legs, head turned, with a brocade ball carved in openwork and with a loose ball inside, the left paw protectively placed over its young. The larger shishi's eye pupils inlaid in black horn. Signed Masayoshi on a bar to the underside. Cracks.
Height 3 cm; width 4 cm
Purchased from J. van Daalen, Utrecht, December 1970
Coll. no. 869 (printed and handwritten)