Netsuke (1) - Ivory - SHI-SHI with the pearl of wisdom - Unsigned - Japan - Edo Period (1600-1868)

Netsuke (1) - Ivory - SHI-SHI with the pearl of wisdom - Unsigned - Japan - Edo Period (1600-1868)
Very good condition, see description - 1.8×2.7×3.7 cm


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".

His front left paw rests on a representation of the tama, the pearl of wisdom.


Early 19th century


16,5 gr




Good condition with signs of age and use

Please check pictures for global condition


Private French collection JMA

EX-Paul and Louise Bernheimer, Cambridge, MA and Laguna woods, CA.




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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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Lot details
Total nr of items
Edo Period (1600-1868)
Region/ Country of origin
Title of artwork
SHI-SHI with the pearl of wisdom - Unsigned
Very good condition, see description
1.8×2.7×3.7 cm
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