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Netsuke: katabori: Raiden the Thunder God with his drum. Unknown maker, Japan, Teiji or Sadaji. Raiden is sitting on his haunches with his knees up and his raised left hand holding on to the clouds; his drum is strapped to his back and he peers down through a hole in the clouds. Most of the glaze seems to have worn off, yet green clouds, a red band on the drum and white glazed eyes, back pack and shorts are still visible. There are possible traces of gold lacquer on his arms and the back of his head. Circular himotoshi just off centre. Earthenware and wood; circular with moulded relief and glazed, height, whole, 1.8 cm, width, whole, 3.4 cm, circa 1830-1870. Edo (Japanese period, 1615-1868). Notes(s): Raiden is the deity of thunder and storm. His destructive activities cause some fear but the farmers are grateful for the blessings the accompanying rain brings to the crops. Japanese artists give Raiden the appearance of a devil and often treat him with slightly humorous disrespect.