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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Fox Gift

  • Museum number:


  • 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 futen (god of wind).

Physical description

This carved ivory netsuke is in the form of futen (god of the wind), the god wearing only a loin-cloth, holds his wind-bag over his head with both hands.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


18th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Carved ivory


Height: 3.8 cm, Width: 3.8 cm

Descriptive line

Netsuke, ivory carved with futen (god of wind), Japan, 18th century.





Subjects depicted

God of Wind




East Asia Collection

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