late 19th century
height 35.8 cm
This unusual wood vase, richly worked with a mass of shishi, is probably the work of former carver of the miniature carvings known as netsuke, motivated perhaps by the success of metal and enamel artists in creating decorative vessels for overseas buyers.
J. Earle, Splendors of Imperial Japan: Arts of the Meiji period from the Khalili Collection, London 2002, cat. 267, p. 375.