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Netsuke

Netsuke

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved wood

  • Museum number:

    A.891-1910

  • 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 of attaching the cord. Although netsuke were made in a variety of forms, the most widely appreciated is the katabori (shape carving). This is a three-dimensional carving, such as this example.

Physical description

Seated child

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Materials and Techniques

Carved wood

Descriptive line

Netsuke of a seated child, wood, Japan

Materials

Wood

Techniques

Carving

Categories

Accessories

Collection

East Asia Collection

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