Ivory netsuke showing a mother breastfeeding a child

Made:
1701-1900 in Japan
maker:
Unknown

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Ivory netsuke, in the form of a mother breast feeding a child, unsigned, Japanese, 18th or 19th century

Netsuke are toggle-like ornaments. They hang objects such as medicine boxes or tobacco pouches from the sash of the kimono, the traditional form of Japanese dress. This example is carved from ivory and shows a mother breastfeeding a child.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
A641100
Measurements:
overall weight: x x , , .01kg
type:
netsuke child care (feeding), costume (personal accessories) and breast feeding, child care (feeding), costume (personal accessories) and netsuke
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Glendining

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