19th century kagamibuta (“mirror lid”) netsuke with bronze top worked in relief with a scene of a frog lwading through the marsh under a willow trees and leading a man in a court hat and robe and carrying an umbrella in his hand. The netsuke represents Ono no Tofu, who failed 7 times trying to attain a higher rank, but then saw a frog jumping to reach a higher branch and succeeding on the eighth attempt. He later became a minister, as well as a celebrated calligrapher. Wonderful crisp work, bronze with copper inlays and gilding (some wear). Very nice subject, pleasant yellow patina on the bowl, old silk cord. Top diameter 1 1/16 inches, bowl diameter 1 5/8 inches.