Netsuke, toggle of wood

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Netsuke, toggle of wood

This netsuke made of lacquered and gilt wood is of a dancer wearing a lion mask. 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 netsuke of a dancer wearing a lion mask is of wood which has been lacquered with gilt decoration. The dancers face can be seen between the open jaws of the lion mask. The himetoshi, holes for passing the cord through are both in the base.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-656-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1946.749
Date: 19th century
Material: Wood
Dimensions: 1.13" H
What: Netsuke
Subject: Netsuke / wood
Where: Japan
Description: Netsuke of carved wood lacquered and gilt, a seated shishimai dancer: Japan, 19th century
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