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Title

Netsuke in the form of a Mongolian archer


Artist

Unknown

Japan


About

Traditional Japanese clothes do not have pockets. Some objects such as multipurpose tissues or fans were carried in the bosom (between the front collars) while others, like 'inro' (men's medicine containers) and tobacco pouches, were hung from the waist by a cord which was slipped under the 'obi' (a sash worn around the waist) with a netsuke (toggle) at the other end to stop it from falling. These were fashion statements as well as practical objects, and are often beautiful works of art. 'Netsuke', usually made of wood or ivory/staghorn, represent a wide range of subjects - animal, mythical, exotic, humorous and erotic - and were eagerly collected in the West. The functional hole distinguishes a 'netsuke' from ornamental carved objects.

'Netsuke', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.223.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

19th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

carved ivory


Dimensions

10.6 x 4.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Henry Albert Nathan 1941


Location

Not on display


Accession number

7159.40


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

36


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The World of Samurai Culture', Sydney, 2003, 223 (colour illus.).