Frog on folded water lily netsuke

Wooden netsuke representing a frog whose eyes are inlaid with horn. It is lying on a water lily folded on itself.

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 frog-shaped gong can thus sometimes be used as a door hammer or to protect a house.

Japan – Meiji Era (1867-1912)
frogHeight: 2.7 cm – width: 6.2 cm – depth : 3.6 cm

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