An unusual netsuke showing great imagination from the carver. Depicted is the sheer force of nature, the god of thunder Raijin and the mythical creature Namazu, whose every movement causes tremors and earthquakes. The Namazu is smiling, resembling a catfish, as he has invaded the thunder drum of Raijin - an allied crab is pinching the deity in the tongue. Raijin and Namazu are inlaid in stained ivory and the edge of the drum is inlaid with horn buttons. The underside with good himotoshi and signature on a green-stained ivory tablet TOMONOBU 友信.
HEIGHT 3.2 cm
Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman.
Condition: Excellent condition.