Netsuke of a gourd - ROM2005_1575_10


Netsuke of a gourd

Medium:Gourd, lacquered with gold maki-e decoration and silver mounts
Geography: Japan
Date: 19th century
Period: Edo-Meiji periods
4.1 x 7.5 cm
Object number: 909.21.102
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." This netsuke is a natural gourd with overlaid lead and lacquer-work vines, leaves, and insects. The silver fitting provides an opening for securing the doubled cord.
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