Project Description

Prunus Wood Netsuke of Toads by Kokei

An adult crouching with its young on its back. Natural himotoshi between the large left feet

Signed beneath

Length: 4 cm

There is a clear distinction between what I would describe as Kokei’s stock puny toads on sandals and a more robust type such as this. I count among the latter the Hindson example (Davey, no. 654) which I prefer to Szechenyi’s (Bonham’s sale, lot 210), as I find it too elongated.  That may explain why it was illustrated head on in the auction catalogue