Late 18th C. Early 19th C. Japanese Iwami Kurogaki Netsuke: Gama Sennin with Toad
This is a finely hand-carved netsuke in Kurogaki (Black Persimmon) wood of a Gama Sennin with a Toad on top of his shoulders, by an unknown artist from the Iwami Province carved sometime during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The carving exhibits similar material and carving characteristics of the region. Observe the Ukibori work on the sennin's toad (photo #3) that resembles the finish of the toad shown in photo #6, top (item 135* in Bonhams Catalog), and the fine hairlines of the Gama Sennin's beard in photo #1 that are equivalent to the work by Kanman on the mushroom displayed in photo #6 - bottom (item 113** in Bonhams catalog).
Nicely detailed rendering of the rough textured skin on the back and sides of the toad, and the fine hairlines on the Gama Sennin's beard. The left sleeve of the Sennin's tunic forms the netsuke's natural himotoshi.
Netsuke is unsigned. It measures 3.03 inches (7.7cm) tall. and 1.41 inches (3.3cm) in diameter. Netsuke is in excellent condition, as may be seen in the posted photos.
**Robert S. Huthart Collection of Iwami Netsuke: Part II, Bonhams London Auction Catalog, 06 November 2019.
*Robert S. Huthart Collection of Iwami Netsuke: Part I, Bonhams London Auction Catalog, 15 May 2019.
As you can see in photo #12, Iwami netsuke from the Huthart Collection at these auctions were sold for several to tens of thousands of dollars. Prices written in pencil do not include a 25% additional premium charged by the auctioneer.