A wood netsuke of a toad By Shoto, late century Resting on a large lotus leaf and holding the stalk with both forefeet, the leaf folded over its body to form a compact composition in pale boxwood, signed in an oval reserve Shoto.
Artist: Sukenaga School: Hida Date: Circa 1830 A frog crouches on a chestnut, its extended back leg and alert pose conveying a sense of watchful tension, the creature poised to leap forward at a moment’s notice. The pocked texture of the skin is intricately carved, as the is the rough scar of the chestnut where it once attached to its seed pod, which is rendered in ukibori. Signed: Sukenaga. Length: 4.0cm