Netsuke in form of seated skeletons

Made:
1701-1900 in Japan
Various japanese netsuke. Netsuke are toggle-like ornaments. They hang objects such as medicine boxes or tobacco Various japanese netsuke. Netsuke are toggle-like ornaments. They hang objects such as medicine boxes or tobacco Netsuke in form of seated skeletons

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Various japanese netsuke. Netsuke are toggle-like ornaments. They hang objects such as medicine boxes or tobacco
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Various japanese netsuke. Netsuke are toggle-like ornaments. They hang objects such as medicine boxes or tobacco
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Netsuke in form of seated skeletons
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Wooden netsuke, in the form of two seated skeletons, one seated behind the other with his hands on the other's shoulders, Japanese, 1701-1900

Skeletons often appear in netsuke. They are sometimes in quite comic poses. This tiny wooden netsuke is in the form of two seated skeletons. The one behind has his hands on the other’s shoulders. The meaning of the imagery is uncertain. The netsuke was made in Japan.

Netsuke are toggle-like ornaments. They hang objects such as medicine boxes or tobacco pouches from the sash of a kimono – a traditional form of Japanese dress. Netsuke carving is a form of miniature sculpture which developed in Japan over several hundred years. They were often beautifully decorated with elaborate carving, lacquer work, or inlays and were usually made from wood, ivory or porcelain.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A641192
Materials:
complete and wood
Measurements:
overall: 35 mm x 25 mm x 30 mm, .08kg
type:
netsuke and costume (personal accessories), ethnography (general), costume (personal accessories), ethnography (general), netsuke and skeleton
taxonomy:
  • animal remains
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture