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netsuke

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1912,1012.13

  • Description

    Netsuke. Arhat Panthaka (J: Handaka Sonja) with dragon. Made of wood; eyes inlaid in amber. Signed.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 5.3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Toyomasa
  • Curator's comments

    Smith et al 1990

    The 'sennin' has relieved his dragon of the Buddhist 'hokyu', or 'treasure jewel', which he guards. According to legend, dragons were thought to possess a jewel which enabled them to control the waves.

  • Bibliography

    • Smith et al 1990 145 b-iii bibliographic details
    • Barker & Smith 1976 213 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1912

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1912,1012.13

Netsuke. Handaka Sonja with dragon. Made of wood; eyes inlaid in amber. Signed.

Netsuke. Handaka Sonja with dragon. Made of wood; eyes inlaid in amber. Signed.

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