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Manjū netsuke depicting the Earth Spider in a web

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    Date
    2nd half of the 19th century
    Artist/maker
    Munetoshi (active 2nd half of the 19th century)
    Material and technique
    ivory, with carved decoration, and stained with pigment
    Dimensions
    1.8 cm (height)
    4.9 cm (diameter)
    Material index
    Technique index
    formed carved,
    Object type index
    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Bequeathed by Dr Monica Barnett, 2001.
    Accession no.
    EA2001.105
  • 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. 74 on p. 184, illus. p. 185

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

    • Second floor | Room 37 | Japan

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