Pair of frogs in bronze. One is rather round, the other one is thinner.
Seal of the founder or his factory on their belly.
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 (1868-1812)
Thin frog : length 5 cm (2 in) – width 4,5 cm (1.8 in) – height 2 cm (0.8 in)
Round frog : length 5 cm (2 in) – width 5 cm (2 in) – height 2 cm (0.8 in)