Project Description

Cherry Wood Netsuke of Futen by Sawaki Rizo Masatoshi

Filling his wind bag from the cloud on which he stands, a large drum strapped to his back. His eye pupils are inlays of buffalo horn and four fangs are of bone

Meinertzhagen lists 3 Masatoshi who sign using the kanji found here. Beyond that his notes are not very helpful, and in the past netuske of Raiden have been attributed to both the Nagoya based Sawaki Rizo Masatoshi and the Tokyo based Shinkeisai Masatoshi. I suspect that they are all in fact by the Nagoya artist

Signed. Circa 1850

Height 3.8 m