Flowers and Grasses with a Praying-Mantis

Artist: Attributed to Ryūsa (Japanese, active late 18th century)

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Date: late 18th century

Culture: Japan

Medium: Ivory

Dimensions: H. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm); Diam. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm)

Classification: Netsuke

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910

Accession Number: 10.211.1271


The superb high relief carving and mist-like stippled surface of the ivory piece may be the work of Ryūsa himself, after whom this type of openwork manjū-shaped netsuke is named.