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Netsuke

Netsuke

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gyokurintei (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved wood

  • Credit Line:

    Dresden Bequest

  • Museum number:

    380-1904

  • 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 a female demon.

This style of mask would have been used in the play Dojoji and vividly portrays the anger and fury of the witch Kiyohime.

Physical description

Nestuke in wood of a female demon

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Gyokurintei (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved wood

Marks and inscriptions

Signed Gyokurintei

Dimensions

Height: 5.6 cm

Descriptive line

Netsuke of a mask of a female demon, carved wood, Japanese, 19th century

Materials

Wood

Techniques

Carving

Categories

Accessories

Collection

East Asia Collection

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