Mataichi wood netsuke

18th century

shishimai mask

length 1 3/4 in., 4.6 cm

bold carved shishi mask with articulated jaw which opens to reveal a curling tongue, signed Mataichi

For a similar study of a shishi mask signed Mataichi see Lazarnick Netsuke and Inro Artists and How to Read Their Signatures, Vol. I, p. 749.

another view


Scholten Japanese Art is open Monday - Friday, and some Saturdays by appointment only

Contact Katherine Martin at
(212) 585-0474 or email
to schedule a visit between 11am and 4pm preferably for no more than two individuals at a time.
Visitors are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing at their discretion.

site last updated
October 28, 2021

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
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