Bronze frog okimono

Okimono in bronze of a frog.

Seal of the founder or of his factory on its belly, not identified.

The frog (kaeru) is associated with luck and wealth. Kaeru means both “frog” and “coming 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 gong in the shape of a frog can thus sometimes be used as a door hammer or to protect a house.

Japan – Meiji Era (1868-1912)

Height: 0.9 in. (2.4 cm) – width: 1.8 in. (4.6 cm) – depth: 1.5 in. (4.5 cm)