Unsigned netsuke of Raijin

Circa 1860

Unsigned netsuke of Raijin

Running over wispy clouds, Raijin swings his beater over his shoulder as he prepares to strike his thunder drum. He holds the drum by a looped handle, and the skin is emblazoned with a mitsutomo-e. The thunder god’s square-jawed face is set in an expression of grim, somewhat doleful, determination. He wears a tiger-skin loincloth and his hair falls in curls at his neck.

Unsigned netsuke of Raijin
Unsigned netsuke of Raijin

Height: 3.9 cm