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Netsuke

Netsuke

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tanaka Minko (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved boxwood

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    A.938-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 8

The netsuke is a toggle. Japanese men used netsuke to suspend various pouches and containers from their sashes by a silk cord. Netsuke had to be small and not too heavy, yet bulky enough to do the job. They needed to be compact with no sharp protruding edges, yet also strong and hardwearing. Above all, they had to have the means for attaching a cord. Netsuke were made in a variety of forms, the most widely appreciated being the katabori (shape carving), a three-dimensional carving, such as this one in the form of an octopus attacking a monkey.

Physical description

This carved boxwood netsuke is in the form of an octopus attacking a monkey.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Tanaka Minko (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved boxwood

Marks and inscriptions

Minko of Tsu

Dimensions

Height: 5.7 cm

Descriptive line

Nestuke, boxwood carved with an octopus attacking a monkey, Japan, 19th century.

Materials

Boxwood

Techniques

Carved

Subjects depicted

Monkey; Octopus

Categories

Accessories

Collection

East Asia Collection

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