An Ivory Netsuke of Ono no Tofu
Humorously represented being carried by a huge frog, shod in geta, its eyes large inlays of buffalo horn. The courtier clings uncomfortably to the amphibian’s back holding a folded umbrella.
Unsigned. Circa 1850
Ex collection Julius and Arlette Katchen, Paris
Rutherston & Bandini, London
A. Katchen, Netsuke 7, vol. 2, pp. 340-341, K748
This seems to bear some sort of iconographic relationship to a netsuke signed Oto and attributed to Otoman, illustrated in Lazarnick’s NIA, vol. II, p. 857.
Located in the European Union