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Made from the upper jaw and front teeth of a fox, applied red and black lacquer
Size: 2.5cm high, 5.5cm deep, 4cm wide – 1 ins high, 2¼ ins deep, 1½ ins wide
See Finch & Co catalogue no. 16, item no. 17, for another trophy netsuke made from the jaw of a wolf
cf: Barker & Smith ‘Netsuke’ from the British Museum collection no. 404
Trophy netsukes such as this were thought by the Japanese hunter to render him immune to threats from the environment, the chance of accident and from predatory animals.