Bamboo Frog


Wrist rest in bamboo with a frog treated in high relief.

The frog (kaeru) is associated with luck and wealth. In feudal Japan, tax collectors could be recognized by the frog-shaped netsuke they wore on their belts. Kaeru means both “frog” and “coming home” in Japanese. This extension of meaning is due to the frog’s ability to return each year to the pond where it was born. A gong in the shape of a frog can sometimes be used as a door hammer or to protect a house.

Signature of Hôkikkan (?) 方诘刊 on the front.

Japan – Meiji Era (1868-1912)

Length : 10.56 inch – Width : 2.25 inch