Lot 36: A wood netsuke of a roaring dragon holding a ball.
December 7, 2012
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: By Kaigyokudo, Osaka, c.1833-1843. Seated with its tail curled beneath, the body erect and head thrown back in defiance, the front claws clutch a glass ball. Signed underneath on the tail without reserve, Kaigyokudo. The tip of right horn and claw have been repaired with original pieces. Ball replaced. An early work by Kaigyokusai who used this signature from 1833-1843. 1 3/4in (4.4cm).