An ivory ashtray netsuke depicting a single-horned dragon by Mitsuharu. Head turned back, its long face is nestled into its tail. Flames lick up both sides of the dragon’s body, its backbone a strong ridge that runs from the neck to the ball of the tail. The dragon is sitting atop a mass of clouds but the underside is carved into the bowl of the ashtray. The himotoshi is formed by an opening between the rear leg of the dragon and the clouds.
Unsigned, attributed to Mistsuharu
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