A cherry wood netsuke depicting a plump mother and puppy, the pup nestled under the mother with the mother’s front paw resting on the pup’s back.
Both dogs’ bodies are covered in fine hairwork along with delicately carved faces and paws. The surface of the wood is stained to depict piebald fur, with the lighter areas displaying a warm reddish-brown tone contrasting against the darker sections. The himotoshi is formed by a natural opening between the mother’s legs and the pup’s body.
Signed, Masatoshi – Isshinsai Masatoshi, Nagoya
Second half of the 19th century
Length: 3.8cm Height: 2.7cm Width: 2.1cm
Provenance: Private British collection, purchased prior to 1974
Published: MCI, Part A, page 478
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