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Netsuke

Museum number:
9-8983
Permalink:
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Accession number:
Acc.2384
Object count:
1
Description:
Netsuke. In old ivory. Carving of a huge man seated and semi-draped with his dog in loving juxtaposition. This is a depiction of Liu Pang, the founder of the Han dynasty. He was a man of humble origin, who fought his way to the throne. The dog is a symbol of royalty.
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:
Emperor Gaozu of Han
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 3.9 centimeters
Comment:
Per Robeson Accession: In old ivory. Carving of a huge man seated and semi-draped with his dog in loving juxtaposition. Liu Pang, the founder of the Han dynasty. He was a man of humble origin, who fought his way to the throne. The dog is a symbol of royalty. The curly dog.
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