The Japanese believed that the snail could cause rain. Spring rain is a good harvest! A snail writes poems on its shell and iris petal with raindrops.
On spring rain.
koiso no kogai
In the rains of spring
Tiny shells, like pebbles,
Netsuke Night Snail: snail shell, Japanese varnishes: black matte Sumiko-Urushi, glossy Kuro-nakanuri-Urushi, black translucent Roiro-Urushi. Snail length 4.6 cm, height 2.9 cm.
The black iris petal is carved from ebony, the size of the petal is 5 cm x 4.9 cm. On the petal is a small snail - Takamaki, Japanese Urushi, gold, silver. Japanese characters are written in glossy Kuro-nakanuri-Urushi.
Published in the International Netsuke Society Journal, volume 42, number 2.
Available for purchase.