Project Description

Ivory netsuke of Gama Sennin by Masakazu (Nagoya 1839-1891 or 1894)

The Sennin straining beneath the weight of a giant toad, its eyes inlaid in copper coloured material

Unsigned.  Circa 1850


The attribution is a confident one.  Compare with a signed Masakazu, in which Gama lies on top of a huge toad, in Barker and Smith, Netsuke, the Miniature Sculpture of Japan, British Museum, p. 27, no. 5