Project Description

Dark Stained Ivory netsuke of Raiden with drum, by Tomomasa

Crouching and bracing his drum with his left foot while attaching a hook at the end of a line to a ring on the other side.  The ivory has been stained a rich caramel colour giving the first impression that the netsuke is carved from wood.  Nail heads around the drum are inlays of dark horn

Signed on the rump of his tiger-skin loin-cloth: tomo (the character masa worn away)

Height 2,7cm


The 2nd Viscount Bearsted collection

Christie’s, London, The Bearsted Collection of Netsuke, 15th December 1987, lot 56 (unsold)

Max Rutherston Ltd., London

Carré collection

Located in the European Union


Ref. C107