Netsuke, boar's tusk with a crab, carved by Bokugyūken Toshiharu

From Japan
Edo period, dated equivalent to AD 1805

This netsuke by Bokugyūken Toshiharu shows the influence of the Iwami Province carvers (part of modern Shimane Prefecture). See, for example, the netsuke of the pea-pod with ants. Another netsuke on the same subject was carved by the Iwami artist Kamman.

Wild boar roamed freely through the forests of Japan, and their tusks were often used as a substitute for elephant ivory which was expensive and difficult to obtain.

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Length: 10.900 cm

Museum number

Asia HG753


Bequeathed by Mrs. A. Hull Grundy


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