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Basic Information

Accession Number:1969M149
Collection:Applied Art - Asian
Date:1700 - 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 man wearing ornate robes holding a staff in his right hand. The details on his robes are picked out in stone and pearl inlay.

Accessioned, 1969.

Further Information

Production Period:Edo Period (1600-1868) or Meiji Period (1868-1911)
Medium:Carved ivory, with pearl and stone inlays.
Place of Origin:Japan


Diameter:42 mm

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