Japanese Ivory Netsuke
Frolicking On Waves
Circa: early 1900s'
H 1.2 in.(3cm), W 1.5 in.(4cm), D 1 in.(2.5cm)
carp, which in the wild struggles upstream to spawn, is seen as a sign of perseverance
and good fortune. It is said that if the carp (a symbol for the common man) can
pass through the alchemical Dragon Gate, he will transform into the dragon himself
and become a man of exceptional quality and leadership.
to Private Collection