Netsuke, toggle of ivory

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made in Japan

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

This ivory netsuke is carved into a kettle with fox head and tail and a man kneeling either side. A netsuke is used to fasten an inro, a lacquered container, which hung from the sash of a man's kimono. They became miniature art forms in their own right.

This netsuke refers to the story about a badger who turned into a singing kettle and made a fortune for a tinker. When stolen he played up and he is sometimes confused with the fox. The netsuke is signed Ikko, a late 19th century artist.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-119-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1946.425
Date: 19th century
Material: Ivory. Inscription: Ik-ko
Dimensions: 2.50" L
What: Netsuke
Subject: Netsuke / ivory
Who: Ik-ko (Maker)
Where: Japan
Description: Netsuke of carved ivory, the badger kettle with two boys either side, signed: Japan, by Ik-ko, 19th century
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