Kyoto school, 18th century
Eyes inlaid in dark horn
Length: 6.7 cm
This finely carved ox, the second of twelve signs in the Japanese zodiac, is represented with its head slightly raised. The animal has a thick rope halter attached to its nose that goes across his back, described with the well visible bones. The horns are curled back behind its ears while the tail lies to one side. Oxen represented in this position with a naturalistic style, finely treated hair and particularly well done anatomical structure, recall Tomotada school.
Netsuke for sale. Price on application. Please include item stock number: net-1023