DESCRIPTION: A Japanese staghorn netsuke in the form of the beloved Gamma Sennin (Liu Hai in Chinese lore) carrying a large frog on his back and holding his staff in his left hand. With pleasant expression, bare feet and round pot belly, he wears a cloak of incised mugwort leaves as he wanders about with his magical frog. Dating from the late 18th to early 19th centuries, there are traces of red lacquer on both the frog’s and sage’s faces, and one small chip to the frog’s hindquarters. A lovely netsuke with smooth wear resulting in a warm, buttery patina. DIMENSIONS: 2 3/8” high (6 cm).
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