19th century boxwood netsuke of Thunder God Raiden standing on his drum that he tore open by beating it with a striker on the clouds. According to Japanese folklore by beating the drum Raiden creates thunder. The stretched leather part of the drum is lacquered in Negoro style: red lacquer over black, so as it wears the black starts showing. The bottom of the drum is carved as a seal, with a seal script signature reading HARUYOSHI (alternative reading is Shunko) in a reserve shaped like a mallet of Daikoku. Wonderful design and detailing, beautiful patina, overall in excellent condition. Height 1 3/8 inches.