Three-legged Moon Toad



Wood okimono shaped like a smiling three-legged toad. Details of the back reliefs, legs and skin texture are meticulously carved.

The tree-legged toad, derived from Chinese mythology, is a Feng Shuisymbol representing prosperity and wealth.

Chan Chu, the three-legged taod, is mentioned by the poet Qu Yuanin Chu’sSongs. He compares the moon to a toad with a rounded body, whose three legs represent the three lunar phases.

According to some authors, the toad on the moon is none other than the beautiful Chang-e, transformed into an amphibian by Xiwangmu, the queen of the Western Palace, in punishment for having stolen the immortality potion. Once considered the most beautiful woman in the world, she is now condemned to live far from men, making every day the elixir of eternal life.

According to another legend, the amphibian is the companion of the sorcerer and alchemist Liu Hai Chan, a surname translated by “Rating Toad”, one of the Eight Immortals of Chinese mythology.

Japan – Meiji period ( 1868 – 1912 )

 Height : 2.2 in – Width : 2 in