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Netsuke

Museum number:
9-18831
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21090018831
Alternate number:
28 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.4571
Object count:
1
Description:
Netsuke; frog climbing up side of square, tapered wooden tub or well; horizontal bar across center of tub from one rim to opposite rim; inlaid shell rectangular insert on one side for signature; H 2.9 cm X W 4.1 cm
Donor:
Dorothy Campbell Tompkins
Collection place:
Japan
Verbatim coll. place:
Japan
Culture or time period:
Japanese
Collector:
Dorothy Campbell Tompkins and John Barr Tompkins
Collection date:
unknown
Materials:
Shell (animal material) and Wood (plant material)
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Context of use:
A toggle or device attached to the end of a cord or rope to keep it from slipping; cord thrust under the sash of a kimono to support purse pouch, box, or basket (in absence of pockets). "The terms frog and toad...are often used interchangeably...In Japanese, there are many descritions of bumpy skinned amphibians called 'frogs'. [A] supernatural power attributed to toads is that they are able to disappear completely when there seems to be no possible way out.....In one ...legend, the robber Tokubei travelled from Japan to India in the 1600's. Stories of him in both legend and theater say that he escaped his enemies by disguising himself as a frog.
Department:
Cat. 9 - Asia (incl. Russia east of Urals)
Dimensions:
height 2.9 centimeters and width 4.1 centimeters
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