Netsuke, toggle of wood

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made in Japan

Postcard of Netsuke, toggle of wood.
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Netsuke, toggle of wood

This of 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 side view of a netsuke of a dancer wearing a lion mask is of wood which has been lacquered with gilt decoration. These masks were often worn for dances at New Year. The rounded smooth shape would have made a good netsuke.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-126-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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