Character Riding a Toad


Carved boxwood netsuke representing a figure dressed in a loincloth, riding a toad. The details of the toad’s face and skin are delicately carved. Signed.

Miniature figurine, often carved in wood, lacquer or ivory, the netsuke (根付) is a traditional Japanese item of clothing. As kimono do not have       pockets, everyday objects are transported in little boxes called sagemono. The netsuke hold firmly inrō’s string, or other types of sagemono, slipped into the obi, the belt which closes the kimono. The production of netsuke flourishes during the Edo period.


Japan – Meiji era (1868 – 1912)

Height : 1.6 inch – Length : 0.8 inch – Width : 1 inch