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Netsuke

Museum number:
9-7609
Permalink:
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Alternate number:
5-5 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.2384
Object count:
1
Description:
Netsuke: man seated inside grotto formed by a tree. His left arm raised. Signed by Chōbu. According to the donor's catalog: "Netsuke in old ivory of a grotto backed by a denoted and decorating tree. Within - a man is seated in strength and command. Clad in a sweeping robe - his left arm - raised - and the right hand caressing the back [untranscribable] dragon - who languishes with his head on the lap of the mighty man. Bashiko (Ma Hsi Wang) - a sennin and legendary Chinese physician who lived from 2697 to 2597 B.C. at the time of Huang Ti. He is shown performing operation on the ailing dragon - which he followed by a draught of liquorice. Sometimes he is shown carried into the clouds on the back of his grateful patient. It is a profound Netsuke of strength and archaic mysticism. Bashiko."
Donor:
Estate of Geraldine C. and Kernan Robson
Collection place:
Japan
Culture or time period:
Meiji era (1868-1912)
Collector:
Geraldine C. Robson
Collection date:
before 1940
Materials:
Ivory (material)
Inscription:
Signed.
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Production date:
1868-1940
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 2.5 centimeters
Legacy documentation: