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Ryūsa-style netsuke depicting the rokkasen, or six immortal poets

  • Description

    The Six Immortal Poets (rokkasen), Ariwara no Narihira, Ono no Komachi, Sōjō Henjō, Ōtomo no Kuronushi, Kisen Hōshi, and Fun’ya no Yasuhide are each depicted in a shaped cartouche. Ariwara no Narihira is also depicted in the print EA1971.48.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    1820 - 1860
    Issen (active mid - late 19th century)
    Associated people
    Ariwara no Narihira (AD 825 - 880) (subject)
    Fun’ya no Yasuhide (died AD 885) (subject)
    Kisen Hōshi (active 9th century AD) (subject)
    Ono no Komachi (c. AD 825 – c. 900) (subject)
    Ōtomo no Kuronushi (active Early Heian Period (AD 794 – 900)) (subject)
    Sōjō Henjō (AD 815 - 890) (subject)
    Material and technique
    ivory, with carved decoration, and stained with pigment
    2 x 4.3 x 3.75 cm (height x width x depth)
    Material index
    Technique index
    formed carved,
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    Credit line
    Bequeathed by Dr Monica Barnett, 2001.
    Accession no.
  • 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. 63 on pp. 158-160, illus. p. 159



  • 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.


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