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Netsuke

Museum number:
9-7650
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21090007650
Alternate number:
3-35 (original number), 4-142 (original number), and 5-111 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.2384
Object count:
1
Description:
Netsuke of a woman in a great hat, with a baby in her arms, and two other children, walking at each side. Depiction of Tokiwa Gozen.
Donor:
Estate of Geraldine C. and Kernan Robson
Collection place:
Japan
Culture or time period:
Japanese
Collector:
Geraldine C. Robson
Collection date:
before 1940
Materials:
Ivory (material)
Person depicted:
Minamoto no Yoshitsune and Tokiwa Gozen
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 4.1 centimeters
Comment:
Per Robeson Accession File: Netsuke of a woman in a great hat, with a baby in her arms, and two other children, walking at each side. This is the fairest woman in Japan-- Tokiwa Gozen. After the death of Minamoto no Yoshitomo, she fled with her three sons, of whom the great Yoshitsune was one. In 1160, in the midst of winter. She heard that Kiyomori had seized and tortured her mother, and going back to the court of her enemy, she threw herself on his clemency, to save her mother. He granted her request, on the condition that she become his concubine. She is often depicted with the three children, barefoot and walking in the snow.
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