Boxwood netsuke of a toad sitting on a discarded zori (straw sandal). Excellent rendition of the skin, paws and texture of woven sandal, great facial expression. Convex eyes of the toad are inlaid with dark horn, the looped thong of the sandal forms the himotoshi (cord opening). Beautiful staining, wear and patina. Signed SHINZAN for Shinzan Masanao (born in 1904) on the bottom - for discussion of the last of Masanao of Ise carvers see p. 725 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Great classic netsuke by the master carver. Length 1 1/2 inches.