BRONZE BUDDHAWOOD BUDDHASTONE BUDDHAJAPANESE NETSUKE
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Antique Netsuke with Horn Inlay
Gama Sennin
Carrying Two Big Frog

Netsuke Signature: Unsigned, Early 19th Century
h. 2.2 in.(5.5cm.), w. 0.9 in.(2.2cm.), d. 0.75 in.(2cm.)
Condition: worn, old chip on foot

Gama Sennin is always associated with the toad or frog, considered an auspicious creature and held in some fascination, perhaps because of its odd and warty appearance but also because of its life span which may exceed thirty or forty years. It is therefore associated with longevity, and identifies the immortal Gama Sennin as the subject of this netsuke.

Clearly this is a piece that was well loved as a netsuke; it is worn smooth from age and handling. However the irrepressible beaming face of the immortal is unspoiled, and so attached to his frog that the creature has climbed upon his shoulder where the sennin holds him by one webbed foot while the other is planted above the senninís ear with a familiarity suggesting that they are truly inseparable. Gama Sennin, holding a sceptre in his right hand, smiles broadly, conveying great happiness and abundance. He is seen as a rustic, with a coat of mugwort leaves. His round belly bulges from beneath an emaciated upper torso. The frog on the other hand, is plump and weighty, with inlaid horn eyes. (The inlays of the senninís eyes have been lost.) Senninís grip on the frog may suggest that prosperity is assured. Color ranges from pale to golden with all the strong lines remaining, excellently carved with a fluid hand and full of spirit.

Gama Sennin Netsuke
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