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Netsuke

Museum number:
9-7739
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21090007739
Alternate number:
3-75a (original number), 4-191 (original number), and 5-163 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.2384
Object count:
1
Description:
Netsuke: tall thin man with long face. Left foot raised, holds long curved rod behind his back.
Donor:
Estate of Geraldine C. and Kernan Robson
Collection place:
Japan
Culture or time period:
Japanese
Maker or artist:
Ichizan
Collector:
Geraldine C. Robson
Collection date:
before 1940
Materials:
Ivory (material)
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 7.4 centimeters
Comment:
Per Robeson Accession File: [probably this object] Netsuke in old ivory, of a very tall thin man, with an air of authority, and a long whip-like rod in hand. In the Shinto, exorcising was one of the rituals. The priest brandished a rod, before the patient and mutter the purification ceremony over him. This was done in secular as well as religious contexts.
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