Project Description

Wood Netsuke of a Contended Looking Toad by Toryusai Kozan (born 1786)

Crouching, facing forward, with all its limbs drawn in, ringed markings on its back probably contrived by an early use of the ukibori, technique, executed with a circular punch,  the eyes inlaid in dark material

Signed beneath: Kozan.  Circa 1800

Provenance:

Probably Paul Corbin and Walter Behrens collections, but the information yet to be verified;

An anonymous American Museum, deaccessioned through a sale at Christie’s London, February 21-23 1966, lot 297, illustrated

MR3072

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