Large toad in Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica, in Japanese sugi). Black and gold painted glass eyes
In the Japanese bestiary, the toad has a special place, carrying positive values. The toad as well as the frog, both called Kaeru (蛙) return every year and regardless of the distance to the pond where there were born. The word kaeru is a synonym for “coming home”. It is the protective animal for travelers and the symbol of hospitality. Its effigy is present on door hammers or gongs placed at the entrance of some houses and hotels.
The toad also has the power to attract wealth. This fact dates back to the time of feudal Japan, when tax collectors were recognizable by the netsuke in the shape of a toad or frog that they wore on their belt.
Japan – Shôwa era (1926-1989), second half of the 20th century
Height 3.7 in. (9.5 cm) – width 6.7 in. (17 cm) – depth 7.9 in. (20 cm)