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Netsuke

Museum number:
9-7509
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21090007509
Alternate number:
3-13 (original number), 4-107 (original number), and 5-74 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.2384
Object count:
1
Description:
Kai-Riu-O, or Riujin-- netsuke in ivory, of a very old man with the sharp features and pendant hair of a witch-- a dragon crest-- who carries in his hand the tide-ruling gems. Note the intaglio cutting of this netsuke, the type much esteemed by the Japanese, which they dub "sharp."
Donor:
Estate of Geraldine C. and Kernan Robson
Collection place:
Japan
Culture or time period:
Japanese
Collector:
Geraldine C. Robson
Collection date:
before 1940
Materials:
Ivory (material)
Person depicted:
Ryūjin
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Accession date:
1968
Context of use:
Toggle to be attached to the end of a cord and thrust through the sash of a kimono for the support of a purse, pouch or lacquer box.
Department:
Cat. 9 - Asia (incl. Russia east of Urals)
Dimensions:
height 5.2 centimeters
Comment:
donor base/stand marked with catalog number LW 2015-10-29 According to the Accession Folder: Kai-Riu-O, or Riujin-- netsuke in ivory, of a very old man with the sharp features and pendant hair of a witch-- a dragon crest-- who carries in his hand the tide-ruling gems. He easily takes offense, and to his anger are due the boisterous seas. He presented the tide-ruling gems to Take-no-uchi once day, when Take was reviewing the fleet, accompanied by the infant emperor, Ojin, son of Jingo Koga. This Ojin grew up to be a great warrior, and is even now worshiped as the patron of war, called also Hachiman. Fond of precious things, Riujin obtained possession of the world-famed jewel, Mugehojiu sent to Kamatari by his daughter, empress of China. He lives in a submerged palace.
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