Unsigned

circa 1880

A stag antler manju netsuke depicting a toad and a snake entwined around a lotus leaf and pod. The toad clings desperately to the lotus, his front claws reaching for the snake’s body, but the serpent has encircled him and flickers its tongue ominously across the amphibian’s face. The eyes inlaid in dark horn.

Height: 4.8cm