An exceptional antique Japanese bowwood carved netsuke – the Yama Inu – a dog resting his paw on his masters scull. Protecting him in even past the point of death. Superstition related to the okuri(yama) inu are extremely old, and are found in all parts of Japan.
The meaning of the dog also speaks about patience, reliability, and obedience. It focuses on protection, guardianship, and service. The dog spirit animal is a noble animal. It’s selfless, and never asks for praise or expects anything in return.
Provenance Lowe Collection
Date: 18th C
Dimensions: 1.5″ X 1.5″ X 1″