By Ryuzan, signed Ryuzan 龍山
Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
Gama Sennin is depicted in the Iwami style, carved from ebony wood, laughing wide hunched over a gigantic toad, one foot resting on the amphibian’s back, the other flat on the ground. Dressed in a flowing robe open at the chest, detailed with the typical sennin artemisia leaves to the back, the sleeves billowing, the sage supported on a staff. The toad with an expressively carved warty skin and large double inlaid eyes of pale translucent horn with red pupils. Natural himotoshi and signed RYUZAN.
HEIGHT 4.4 cm
Condition: Very good condition with minor wear and traces of use. One inlaid pupil to the toad’s eye lost.
Compare a related Iwami school ebony netsuke of Gama sennin by Gokyotei Baiseki at Bonhams, The Robert S. Huthart Collection of Iwami Netsuke, 6 November 2019, London, lot 98 (sold for GBP 2,805).
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