Japanese Antler Netsuke
Carrying Large Frog
Signature: Kyomasa. Circa: early 19th Century
in.(6.35cm), W. 1 in.(2.5cm), D. 0.8 in.(2cm)
Condition: usage worn, overall very good!
beautifully aged late 18th to 19th century cream color netsuke, representing the
beloved Gama Sennin grasping an enormous frog. Broad deep cutting of the dense
unyielding antler material creates a virile graphic quality, comprising all the
familiar aspects of the sennin, including his cloak of mugwort leaves, his benevolent
and whimsical expression, combining with a naturistic simplicity rendered
on the backside. The
netsuke is worn from
age and handling, the smooth surface, polished to a soft shine, has not lost any
of its details. A symbol of
prosperity, the frog of fortune is firmly in hand as Gama looks out smiling.
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