Wooden netsuke with crouched boar

19th century

Wooden netsuke 
Length: 4.5 cm  

The inoshishi (boar) is the twelfth sign of the Japanese zodiac. 
In Japan this animal is a symbol of courage because of its brave nature that brings him to  never look back during fights and to rail against the enemy without flinching.
Often described in Japanese mythology, the boar is represented here lying, with its muzzle raised and the ears backwards: he seems to have sensed the danger.

Netsuke for sale. Price on application. Please include item stock number: net-1050

 

 

 

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