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Netsuke

Museum number:
9-7533
Permalink:
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Alternate number:
3-45 (original number), 4-157 (original number), and 5-127 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.2384
Object count:
1
Description:
Netsuke: two men fighting. One has sword, the other a knotted stick. According to the donor's catalog: "Netsuke in old ivory of two men struggling. One, a samurai with sword (note the look of agonized resistance he has and the crack he has given to Kakurezato, not eggnog, but egg-nob) Kakurezato, a blind old man, with a knotted staff, whose business it is to carry bad people to Hades. Observe that Kakurezato has taken off his getta (sandals) which are under his feet, by his staff, so that in case the samurai he is seizing should defeat him, he, Kakurezato may run away more easily, as gettas prevent speed.—Japanese humour
Donor:
Estate of Geraldine C. and Kernan Robson
Collection place:
Japan
Culture or time period:
Japanese
Maker or artist:
unrecognized signature
Collector:
Geraldine C. Robson
Collection date:
before 1940
Materials:
Ivory (material)
Person depicted:
Kakurezato (Japanese deity)
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements and 5.7 Gifts, Novelties, Models, "Fakes," and Reproductions (excluding currency) and Commemorative Medals
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:
donor base/stand marked with catalog number LW 2015-10-29
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