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Netsuke

Museum number:
9-7580
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21090007580
Alternate number:
3-32a (original number), 4-137 (original number), and 5-107 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.2384
Object count:
1
Description:
Netsuke: two women standing together, facing in opposite directions. Depicts the two wives of legendary emporer Shun, Wo Huang and Nu Ying.
Donor:
Estate of Geraldine C. and Kernan Robson
Collection place:
Japan
Collector:
Geraldine C. Robson
Collection date:
before 1940
Materials:
Ivory (material)
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 3.3 centimeters
Comment:
Small netsuke in dark brown ivory, of two little women standing together-- one facing, the other backing. The two [are] the wives of the emperor Shun [mentioned in comment of 9-7945]. Wo Huang and Nu Ying. The Chinese called him Hsiang-fu-jen, meaning "double-husband man." The women have very studied head dresses.
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