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Tobacco case, netsuke, ojime, and pipe holder

Museum number:
9-12554a-e
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm210912554a@2de
Alternate number:
9-12554a-d (previous number), B-3310 (previous number (Albert Bender’s number)), and UCDA 3890 (previous number (Design Dept.), UCDD Bender)
Accession number:
Acc.3032 and Acc.3032.02
Object count:
5
Description:
Tobacco case, netsuke, and ojime with added pipe holder: The case (a) with lid (b) is of a carved and hollowed out wood burl, polished. Lid is of different piece carved to fit the case. Ivory lining of cord holes with light brown cord. The pipe holder (e) is carved yellow bone, long in the shape of three mushrooms on long stems. Approx. length 1 foot, width 6 inches
Donor:
Design Department (UC Berkeley)
Collection place:
Japan
Verbatim coll. place:
Japan
Culture or time period:
Japanese
Collector:
Albert M. Bender
Materials:
Bone (material) (carved, polished and stained) and Wood (plant material) (carved and polished)
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements and 5.5 Stimulants, Narcotics, and Accessories
Accession date:
1974
Context of use:
Tobacco container. Was commonly worn by farmers, laborers and merchants and was common until the introduction of cigarettes. It was usually worn suspended from the waist, supported by the netsuke or pipe holder which was thrust through the sash of the kimono. The ojime served to keep the case shut by tightening the cords.
Department:
Cat. 9 - Asia (incl. Russia east of Urals)
Comment:
Tobacco case, netsuke, and ojime with added pipe holder: The case (a) with lid (b) is of a carved and hollowed out wood burl, polished satin smooth. Lid is of different piece carved to fit the case. Ivory lining of cord holes. Light brown cord is tied inside the case. Netsuke (c) is of forked branch twisted into knot, and highly polished. Ojime (d) is a pointed knob of same wood, with hole drilled in it. The pipe holder (e) is carved yellow bone, long in the shape of three mushrooms on long stems. Hole in top mushroom and hollow marrow serve to hold pipe in place.
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