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Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Ashmolean − Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Tales in the Round: Manjū Netsuke and Japanese Woodblock Prints

(from 30th Apr until 22nd Sep 2013)

Discover dramatic episodes from Japanese culture in these exquisitely carved objects and prints.

Detail of a manju netsuke depicting Minamoto Yoshitsune practising martial arts with a tengu demon,
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Manjū netsuke in the form of Hotei peering from his sack

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    Date
    1840 - 1860
    Associated people
    Budai (active 10th century AD) (subject)
    Material and technique
    ebony, with carved decoration
    Dimensions
    2.81 x 4.48 x 3.57 cm (height x width x depth)
    Material index
    organicvegetalwood ebony
    Technique index
    Object type index
    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Bequeathed by Dr Monica Barnett, 2001.
    Accession no.
    EA2001.35
  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 23 April-22 September 2013, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Joyce Seaman, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 36 on p. 102, illus. p. 102

Glossary (2)

Manjū, netsuke

  • Manjū

    The manjū is a type of netsuke or toggle which takes its name from a round, sweet, bean paste-filled bun. A greater dynamism can often be achieved on the front and back of the netsuke than with other three-dimensional carving.

  • netsuke

    The netsuke is a form of toggle that was used to secure personal items suspended on cords from the kimono sash. These items included purses, medicine cases or tobacco paraphernalia.

Location

    • currently in research collection

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