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Netsuke

Museum number:
9-7922
Permalink:
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Alternate number:
3-77 (original number), 4-193 (original number), and 5-165 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.2384
Object count:
1
Description:
Netsuke of ivory of man with a beard on a war horse, with sword at back and another man with sword standing close at his side in a war council. Li Shih-min (T'ai Tsung) and his general and brother-in-law Chang Sun Wu-chi.
Donor:
Estate of Geraldine C. and Kernan Robson
Collection place:
Japan
Culture or time period:
Japanese
Maker or artist:
Tomotsugu
Collector:
Geraldine C. Robson
Collection date:
before 1940
Materials:
Ivory (material)
Person depicted:
Chang Sun Wu-chi and T'ai Tsung
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Production date:
1868-1940
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 centimeters
Comment:
Netsuke of ivory of man with a beard on a war horse, with sword at back and another man with sword standing close at his side in a war council. Li Shih-min (T'ai Tsung) and his general and brother-in-law Chang Sun Wu-chi. Time of the Korean War about 644 AD. The horse Sa-Lu-Tzu ridden at siege of Lo Yang. "Swifter than the purple swallow." He Spread terror in the land of three rivers, triumphing in eight battles. T-ai Tsung the founder of the Tang dynasty, the apogee of China's power, 618-890 AD T'ai Tsung the great general, the great administrator, wise and just. On his tomb were painted his four famous war horses with their glorious deeds and arrows indicating where each was wounded. See "Son of Heaven" by Graffiti.
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