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Netsuke - Crayfish and Shells

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1888M65
Collection:Applied Art - Asian
Date:1800 - 1900


Netsuke (in English, root attachment) can be of many designs, their function was to secure such items as the inro (seal box) to the obi (sash), by means of a cord passing through two holes within the netsuke. The cords of the inro could be tightened by the ojime (bead), which might be of the same material as the netsuke, or some contrasting medium, as suited the taste of the wearer. This netsuke depicts a crayfish in gold among other fish and shells in a basket.

Presented by John Feeney, 1888.

Further Information

Production Period:Edo Period (1600-1868) or Meiji Period (1868-1911)
Medium:Ivory, carved and stained.
Place of Origin:Japan


Height:39 mm
Width:34 mm

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