Netsuke of a frog on a lotus leaf

Netsuke of a frog on a lotus leaf

Netsuke
Japan
About 1750 - 1850
Ebony
Museum no. A.982-1910
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Netsuke (toggle) in the shape of a frog sitting on a lotus leaf. The frog symbolises good luck, and is often worn as a charm when travelling, particularly on journeys over water. The lotus flower denotes spiritual flowering, and is a central motif of Buddhist philosophy.