Japanese Carved Netsuke
Carrying Big Toad
Netsuke Signature: unsigned, 19th century
2.4 in.(6cm), W 1.25 in.(3cm), D 1in.(2.5cm)
Condition: minor chip to toes, o.a. excellent!
carving in fine walrus ivory, marked with striations and age cracks; cream to
gold in color with allover patina and glossy surface; highly translucent. Depicting
Gama Sennin walking forward carrying a leaf shaped fan, accompanied by his faithful
frog. A somewhat unusual version of the immortal rustic, usually seen in a mugwort
cape and looking aged. However, he is able to change his appearance through magic,
and is occasionally seen in courtly robes, as in this carving, with its delicately
thinned hems and finely engraved motif of spider webs.
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