A wood netsuke depicting the Sansukumi, the snake coiled around the body of a chubby toad, to the base, the himotoshi formed by one smaller and one larger hole. The larger hole has been treated in a rather unusual fashion. It has been suggested that the rings of the larger himotoshi could represent the snail’s shell and, when you look between the toad’s rear legs, you can see the worn remains of what does appear to be the skin of the snail.
The netsuke is signed Naomasa, but he appears to be unrecorded. The style of the toad’s skin and his underside bear more than a strong resemblance to the toads of Yoshitada and the other Echigo carvers.
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