Netsuke in form of skeleton holding fan

Made:
Japan
maker:
Unknown

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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
Object Number:
A641357
Materials:
complete, ivory and wood
type:
netsuke and anatomy (specimens), costume (personal accessories), ethnography (japanese), anatomy (specimens), badgers, costume (personal accessories), ethnography (japanese), fans, netsuke and skeletons
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust