Tomotada (Japanese, active late 18th–early 19th century)
Edo period (1615–1868)
late 18th century–early 19th century
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); W. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
This carving is an example of the ‘Kyoto style’, a phrase applied to artists working in Kyoto in the late eighteenth century. Particularly striking are the open mouth and prominent ribs of the animal. There is a large group of good quality netsuke signed ‘Tomotada’, however many forgeries were made, even during the artist’s lifetime.
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