Okatomo - 5680
This netsuke represents a wild dog, sitting on its rear paws, while he holds a shank between its front ones. Its half-open jaws show sharp and strong teeth. This piece doesn’t have himotoshi holes, but the cord could pass through its paws. The signature Okatomo (岡友) is engraved on the bottom side.
This kind of iconography, with a starving wild dog sitting either on a part of his prey or on a branch with leaves, was developed by Kyōto artists in the 18th century. Okatomo is one of the most important netsukeshi of this school. This piece is very similar to his work, so it is may be considered as made in his workshop, between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th. One of Okatomo pupils of was Okanobu, of which the Lanfranchi Collection has one artwork.
For another work coming from the Kyōto school available in the Lanfranchi collection see a netsuke signed Tomotada.