A fine wood netsuke depicting a pair of chubby playful pups. The delicately incised hairwork gives the surface a glossy, silky appearance. One pup’s mouth is open, revealing tiny carved teeth. The himotoshi is formed by the leg of one pup.
Signed, Ittan, Nagoya school
For a very similar netsuke by Ikkan, see Bonhams, The Harriet Szechenyi Sale of Japanese Art 8 Nov 2011, lot 171
Two are recorded with line drawings in the MCI page 252
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