A powerful, coiled wood dragon with inlays by Sari.
The dragon’s large head sits atop the compact pile with the beast’s claws tucked into its sides. Whiskers trail down the sides onto the body, emanating from a large bulbous nose. Flames curl out from behind the arms, running over the bold scales. The eyes are inlaid in translucent horn and two small teeth in ivory. To the underside, a thick tail forms a cavernous himotoshi and a large claw is stretched open to one side.
Good examples by Sari are relatively rare. He had a distinct style, taking mainly animal themes such as tigers, boars, horses and dragons and creating netsuke that were individual and full of character with an animated appearance.
Signed, Sari, Iwashiro
Early 19th century
Length: 4.5cm Width: 4cm Height: 3.1cm
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