Netsuke of grooming mouse - ROM2005_1575_4


Netsuke of grooming mouse

Medium:Boxwood, carved and lacquered
Geography: Japan
Date: 1810-1840
Period: Edo period
2.8 x 3.2 cm
Object number: 909.21.18
Not on view
DescriptionDecorative art in miniature format attained an unrivalled level of sophistication in Japan. Inro and netsuke are the best known examples of this diminutive art, and have become popular collectors' items in the West. Originally used to carry powdered medicine, inrô are small, tiered containers made mainly of lacquered wood and bound together by a cord. Men wore the inrô as an accessory suspended by a cord from the sash of a kimono, the traditional Japanese robe. A netsuke, an intricate miniature sculpture, was attached at the top end of the cord to prevent the inrô from slipping. Netsuke, carved from materials such as wood, ivory, amber, bone, and stag antler, display an endless variety of subject matter and often a delightful sense of humour.
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