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Netsuke

Museum number:
9-7570
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21090007570
Alternate number:
4-177 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.2384
Object count:
1
Description:
Netsuke: dragon, apparently changing into a lotus which has a stem and leaf attached. By Toyomasa. Height: 2.5 cm, Width/breadth: 4.5 cm According to the donor's catalog: "Netsuke of wood, inlaid with translucent horn for eye. Depicts a dragon curled around the inside of a tangerine. The projections provided by the stem and leaves of the fruit serve as the himetoshi (holes for the string that attach netsuke to kimono) for this piece. Signed by Toyomasa, who worked in the mid nineteenth century.
Donor:
Estate of Geraldine C. and Kernan Robson
Collection place:
Japan
Production place:
Kyōto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kansai region
Culture or time period:
Edo period (1603-1868)
Maker or artist:
Toyomasa
Collector:
Geraldine C. Robson
Collection date:
before 1940
Materials:
Wood (plant material)
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Production date:
1800-1868
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:
width 4.5 centimeters and height 2.5 centimeters
Comment:
Stolen 1981. Returned from England via UCPD 6-1-81.
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