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Netsuke

Museum number:
9-12505
Permalink:
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Alternate number:
3448 (previous number (Albert Bender’s number)) and 3907 (previous number (Design Dept.))
Accession number:
Acc.3032
Object count:
1
Description:
Netsuke: Ivory carving representing two men, one standing, the other kneeling on one knee; both carved from same piece. Standing man, probably a street entertainer, holds pipe, sake bottle, and possibly a hand puppet hanging from one arm. Monkey on top of pack on back, with outstretched paws holding cup. Kneeling figure holds pipe to mouth, and supports box from neck which has inscription “tamaya”. Fine incised details such as ‘textile’ designs on clothing. Cord hole on back between the men. Ivory is yellow; details stained dark.
Donor:
Design Department (UC Berkeley)
Collection place:
Japan
Verbatim coll. place:
Japan
Culture or time period:
Japanese
Collector:
Albert M. Bender
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Accession date:
1974
Department:
Cat. 9 - Asia (incl. Russia east of Urals)
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