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Figurine

Museum number:
9-7475
Permalink:
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Accession number:
Acc.2384
Object count:
1
Description:
Man in courtier’s dress, barelegged, with cap, sword, carrying on his shoulders a woman wearing hooded cloak. Sword under her sleeve is removable, Approx. 23.2 cm.
Donor:
Estate of Geraldine C. and Kernan Robson
Collection place:
Japan
Culture or time period:
Japanese
Collector:
Geraldine C. Robson
Person depicted:
Tadanobu
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
5.7 Objects made for sale, souvenirs, models, and reproductions
Accession date:
1968
Department:
Cat. 9 - Asia (incl. Russia east of Urals)
Comment:
A very large ivory [netsuke?], surmounting the others like a mountain, of a man in a courtier's dress, peaked cap, a sword, and bare-legged, carrying on his shoulders a most exquisite woman, covered with a hooded cloak-- Tadanobu. One of the four retainers of Yoshitsune. He is celebrated in history as well as legend. He exposed hos own life, when Yoshitsune was fleeing from the persecution of Yoritomo. In the middle of winter, the little band were attacked by the monks of Yoshino, who were devoted to Yoritomo. To give Yoshitsune time to escape, Tadanobu donned the armor of his leader, and alone, stood on the crest of the road, fighting the Yamabushi. A few days later Yoshitsune had to part from his mekake, Shizuka, and Tadanobu served as her escort.
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