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Netsuke

Netsuke

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morikazu, born 18 - died 18 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved wood

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    A.987-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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 in a bowl, signed Morikazu.

Physical description

This carved wood netsuke is in the form of a octopus in a bowl.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Morikazu, born 18 - died 18 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved wood

Marks and inscriptions

Morikazu

Dimensions

Height: 3.3 cm, Length: 4.8 cm

Descriptive line

Netsuke, wood carved with an octopus in a bowl, signed Morikazu, Japan, 18th century.

Materials

Wood

Techniques

Carved

Subjects depicted

Octopus

Categories

Accessories

Collection

East Asia Collection

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