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Netsuke

Museum number:
9-18825
Permalink:
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Accession number:
Acc.4571
Object count:
1
Description:
Netsuke; old man with beard and protruding belly, carrying another man piggy-back; both figures emaciated; purse or gourd at standing man's right hip; peeling paint throughout; H 10.6 cm X W 3.5 cm
Donor:
Dorothy Campbell Tompkins
Collection place:
Japan
Verbatim coll. place:
Japan
Culture or time period:
Japanese
Collector:
Dorothy Campbell Tompkins and John Barr Tompkins
Collection date:
unknown
Materials:
Paint (coating) and Wood (plant material)
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Context of use:
A toggle or device attached to the end of a cord or rope to keep it from slipping; cord thrust under the sash of a kimono to support purse pouch, box, or basket (in absence of pockets). Possibly Ashinaga and Tenaga (Longlegs and Longarms) figures; "two legendary neighboring races, the one consisting of absurdly long-legged people with very short arms and the other of absurdly long-armed people with very short legs. they cooperated in catching fish." cf. pl. 416, 417. p. 166
Department:
Cat. 9 - Asia (incl. Russia east of Urals)
Dimensions:
height 10.6 centimeters and width 3.5 centimeters
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