Wooden toad with long legs.
In the Japanese bestiary, the toad has a special place, carrying positive values. Both the toad and the frog, called kaeru (蛙) return every year and regardless of the distance to the pond where they were born. The word kaeru is a synonym for “coming home”. It is the protective animal for travelers and the symbol of hospitality. Its effigy is present on door hammers or gongs placed at the entrance of some houses and hotels.
The toad also has the power to attract wealth. This fact dates back to the time of feudal Japan, when tax collectors were recognizable by the netsuke in the shape of a toad or frog that they wore on their belt.
Japan – Taisho Era (1912-1926)
Height: 9.4 in. (24 cm) – length: 6.9 in. (17.5 cm) – depth: 6.1 in. (15.5 cm)