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netsuke

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1945,1017.524

  • Description

    Netsuke. Nio arm-wrestling. Made of wood. Signed.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • Late 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 7.7 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        肥後大掾作
      • Inscription Position

        on the posterior of one of the figures
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Higo Daijo saku
      • Inscription Translation

        Made by Higo Daijo
  • Curator's comments

    Nio, a pair of fierce guardian statues who stand either side of the gateway to a Buddhist temple, are shown arm-wrestling.
    The same composition can be seen in the later woodblock-illustrated book, Kacho sansui zushiki (Illustrated of Birds, Flowers and Landscapes), published in 1866.

  • Bibliography

    • Barker & Smith 1976 257 bibliographic details
    • Tsuchiya 2014 pp.50-51 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1945

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1945,1017.524

Netsuke. Demons hand wrestling. Made of wood.

Netsuke. Demons hand wrestling. Made of wood.

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