Netsuke

later 19th Century (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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 grasses by the light of the moon.

This design is often associated with Japanese lacquerwork.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved ivory with staining
Brief Description
Netsuke of the moon with clouds and autumn plants, carved ivory, signed Kou, 19th century, Japan
Physical Description
This carved and stained ivory netsuke is in the form of grasses by the light of the moon.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 4.5cm
Style
Credit line
Salting Bequest
Subjects depicted
Summary
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 grasses by the light of the moon.



This design is often associated with Japanese lacquerwork.
Collection
Accession Number
A.1016-1910

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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