Netsuke in wood representing 3 frogs of different sizes. The largest carries the average on its back, while the smallest supports the latter’s leg. Signed.
Miniature figurine, often carved in wood, lacquer or ivory, the netsuke(根付) is a traditional Japanese item of clothing. As kimonodo not have pockets, everyday objects are transported in little boxes called sagemono. The netsukehold firmly inrō’sstring, or other types of sagemono, slipped into the obi, the belt which closes the kimono. The production of netsukeflourishes during the Edo period.
The frog (kaeru) is associated with luck and wealth. In feudal Japan, tax collectors recognized themselves by the frog-shaped netsuke they wore on their belts. Kaerumeans both “frog” and “to come home” in Japanese. This extension of meaning is due to the ability of the frog to return each year to the pond of its birth. A frog-shaped gong can sometimes serve as a door hammer or protect a house.
Japan – Meiji period (1868-1912)
Height : 1.2 in – Length : 1.8 in – Width : 1.25 in