Netsuke (1) - Ivoor - SHISHI legend - Signature : Tada-Masa - Japan - Edo Periode (1600-1868)

Netsuke (1) - Ivoor - SHISHI legend - Signature : Tada-Masa - Japan - Edo Periode (1600-1868)
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The Shi-shi is a fantasy lion, very popular as a subject for japanese artists.

As lions don't exist in the japanese fauna, it is often refered as "Kara shi-shi" for "chinese lion".

Tada-Masa, sculptor of the first half of the 19th century, has carved the shi-shi with its classical attributes : wide eyes, curled mane, bushy tail. Its position almost inside the rock, and his quasi frightened look may make one thing that the artist wanted to evoque

the "shi-shi no saka otoshi", a test that shi-shi are supposed to inflict on their offsprings : they push them over from a cliff or a high rock in order to test their robustness.

If they don't survive the fall, it just means that theywere not strong enough to become a shi-shi.


mid 19th century


40,9 gr




Good condition. A few age cracks on the ivory

Please check pictures for global condition


French Private Collection JMA




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Pre-convention ivory specimen.

Complies with CE Regulation 338-97 of 09 December 1996.

Specimen prior to June 1, 1947. Submitted according to the decree of May 4, 2017 to a prior declaration provided for in Article L. 412-1 code environment.

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Totaal aantal artikelen
Edo Periode (1600-1868)
Regio / land van herkomst
Titel kunstwerk
SHISHI legend - Signature : Tada-Masa
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4,7×4,3×2,2 cm
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