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Title

Pipe case

19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Tobacco was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in the 17th century. When the Japanese government tried to curtail its use by official bans, it was smuggled into the country under the name of "life prolinging tea". The government eventually relented and by the late Edo tobacco smoking was a pastime widespread in Japan.

The accoutrements of smoking, particularly the tobacco pouchs, pipes and pipe cases, were a common feature of male dress in Edo period Japan, and much skill and wit was lavished on their decoration.

The pipe case is decorated in a spare and understated manner with sacred Chinese 'lingzhi' fungus of immortality above.

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, November 1988.


Details


Other Title

Kiseruzutsu (pipe case)


Alternative title

Rokkaku kiseruzutsu


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

19th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

ivory, carved stag antler


Dimensions

21.5 x 1.9 cm :

a - case, 2.5 x 16.2 x 1.9 cm

b - lid, 2 x 9.5 x 1.4 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Graham E. Fraser 1988


Location

Not on display


Accession number

522.1988.a-b



Place

Where the work was made
Japan