Netsuke in form of skeleton holding fan
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.
- Asian Medicine
- Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
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overall: 69 mm x 38 mm x 31 mm, .053 kg
- netsuke and anatomy (specimens), costume (personal accessories), ethnography (japanese), anatomy (specimens), badgers, costume (personal accessories), ethnography (japanese), fans, netsuke and skeletons
- visual and verbal communication
- Loan, Wellcome Trust