Netsuke, toggle of ivory

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made in Japan

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Netsuke, toggle of ivory

This netsuke made of ivory is of two buddhist temple guardians in an arm wrestling contest. A netsuke is used to fasten an inro, a small lacquered container, which hung from the sash of a man's kimono. They became miniature art forms in their own right.

This ivory netsuke is of two Buddhist temple guardians who kneel facing one another and looking to opposite sides. Arm wrestling was a popular sport. The himetoshi, holes for passing the cord through are both in the base which is carved as a tatami mat.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-654-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1946.530
Date: 19th century
Material: Ivory
Dimensions: 1.75" L
What: Netsuke
Subject: Netsuke / ivory
Who: Ni-O
Where: Japan
Description: Netsuke of carved ivory, two Ni-O contesting in a yubi-zumo game, signed: Japan, 19th century
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