A Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke of a Seated Dog Wearing a Collar with a Suspended Bell

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Object Description

A Japanese Carved Ivory Netsuke of a Seated Dog Wearing a Collar with a Suspended Bell
Unsigned
Old worn smooth silky patina one ear almost worn away from use
18th Century

Size: 4cm high – 1½ ins high

Object History

Ex European Private Collection

Object Literature

The dog ‘Nu’ is considered a great friend of man and in its presence disguised cats, badgers and foxes are forced to retake their own shape. The dog is one of the twelve signs of the zodiac indicating the hours between 7pm and 9pm. They are held in high esteem by pregnant women and dog amulets are given to children as it is believed that dogs have an easy life.

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