Project Description

Ivory netsuke of Gama Sennin by Yoshinaga 

Reclining with his large three-legged toad clambering over him.  He has characteristic long arched eyelids and his long hair falls onto his back, rendered by deeply carved grooves for the locks.  His robe is lightly engraved with clouds.  The toad’s eyes are large inlays of dark horn.  The netsuke is dark stained and has an even yellow patina

Unsigned. Kyoto, circa 1780

Old horizontal cracks


Jacques Carré


Although Yoshinaga frequently treated the subject, I do not know of another in which the sennin reclines


Rutherston & Bandini, Netsuke, May 2013, no. 27