PRIVATE COLLECTION

Shishi Netsuke

This is a Lion Dog or Shishi. Shishi are the Japanese equivalent of the Chinese Foo Dog. 4 cm high, late 19th century.

 

The carving is exceptionally delicate and detailed.


This Shishi has its mouth open to scare off evil demons. Shishi that are shown with their mouths closed are said to be keeping good spirits in.