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I believe Gamma Sennin are immortal beings and the toads are something magical - the flower is probably a chrysanthemum and I think there is a story about this type of flower representing longevity and rejuvenation? I think I remember a story about a sennin who painted the leaves of the chrysanthem...
PS When I say Chinese, I mean that Chinese artists began to imitate Japanese Netsuke when they saw the market potential. Since one theme of Japanese Netsuke was classical Chinese themes, this made it easier for some Chinese artists to adapt and attempt crossovers. An important piece of the puzzle, ...
A bonus day here in south central California. Both Spring vol 38 no 1 of INSJ and no 51 of Euronetsuke arrived in my mailbox today. And yes, I gave up on getting anymore chores done and thought I would just browse the pages a bit. So much for browsing as I read all of Euronetsuke and was most please...