Netsuke of a Tiger

Netsuke of a Tiger

Netsuke
Japan
About 1750 - 1850
Wood, mother-of-pearl
Museum no. A.939-1910
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Netsuke (toggle) in the shape of a tiger with mother-of-pearl green eyes, its mouth open as if growling. The tiger motif denotes courage, and is an attribute of warrior heroes.