Netsuke, toggle of ivory

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Postcard of Netsuke, toggle of ivory.
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Netsuke, toggle of ivory

This netsuke is made of ivory carved into the shape of a clam shell with a palace inside. 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 rear view of a netsuke shows the clam partially open to reveal a group of small buildings representing the palace of Riujin, the dragon king of the sea. The himetoshi, holes for passing the cord through are both in the base.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-118-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1946.363
Date: 19th century
Material: Ivory
Dimensions: 1.88" W
What: Netsuke
Subject: Netsuke / ivory
Where: Japan
Description: Netsuke of carved ivory, the Clam's Dream: Japan, 19th century
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