Netsuke in form of skeleton holding fan

Made:
Japan
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Ivory netsuke
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Ivory netsuke
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Ivory netsuke
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

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Ivory netsuke, in the form of a skeleton holding a fan and accompanied by an animal, possibly a badger, Japanese.

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:
A641357
Materials:
complete, ivory and wood
Measurements:
overall: 69 mm x 38 mm x 31 mm, .053 kg
type:
netsuke
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust