"A fine Japanese boxwood okimono of Raiden, carrying his son on his shoulder, signed Kogetsu, Meiji period, 6" H., well patinated.
Raiden is the Shinto god of thunder, He is represtented as a devilish creature with a demonic face and two small horns, and claws on each foot. His most common attribute is a drum or an entire wheel of drums. He is often found as subject in Japanese decorative and fine arts, in paintings of Korin and Sosatsu schools." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 10/23/1999
The Meiji Restoration began in 1868, returning Japan to direct imperial rule under the emperor Meiji after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, ending with his death in 1912. Raiden is a deity of thunder (rai) and lightning (den). - D. Schrishuhn, 9/20/2000