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Netsuke

Netsuke

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Senshu (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    A.861-1910

  • 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 sash 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 hard-wearing. 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 a foreigner holding a child to his back.

Physical description

This netsuke is in the form of a foreigner and child, the foreigner wearing a patterned robe loosely worn and tied at the waist with a sash from which hangs a basket for fish, a hat with an upturned brim and leggings, while he carries a fishing rod in his right hand, and a child in a patterned robe is held to the man's back by his left arm, with the child's left arm reaching forward.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1700-1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Senshu (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Ivory

Marks and inscriptions

Senshu

Dimensions

Height: 3 in

Descriptive line

Netsuke of a foreigner and child, carved ivory; signed Senshu, Japan, 19th century.

Materials

Ivory

Techniques

Carving

Subjects depicted

Men; Children

Categories

Ph_survey; Accessories

Collection

East Asia Collection

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