Terrific signed piece of 19th century hand carved ivory netsuke. It has a frog in a climbing position and the lotus seal. Seal and signature on bottom. Terrific piece it is about 1 5/8 inches tall, 1 1/2 wide and little over one inch deep. Netsuke miniature sculptures were invented in 17th C. Japan to serve a practical function. Traditional Japanese robes had no pockets and men needed a place to store their personal belongings such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines.
Their solution was to place such objects in containers hung by cords from the robes' sash. The fastener that secured the cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a netsuke.
Item ID: 13 Ivory Netsuke Grog 3600
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