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Netsuke. Sumo wrestlers. Made of wood. Signed.
- 1850 (about)
- Made in: Japan
- Height: 8.2 centimetres
Inscription Positionon the calf of the right leg
This netsuke represents a crucial moment in the combat of two fiercely grimacing sumo wrestlers, locked in the famous 'Kawazu' throw.
Not on display
2013 - , BM Japanese Galleries, ‘Japan from Prehistory to the Present’
29 April 2013
Reason for treatment
Clean. remove any was coatinga and materials applied to the bases used previoulsy to help the netsuke stand up.
The netsuke is lightly dirty with ingrained dirt in the carving. They have also been coated with wax (not analysed) which has allowed dirt to become stuck to the surface. Some of the netsuke has had a re sealing wax material applied to the base in order to help them stand up during some previous display.
The netsuke were cleaned with silk wrapped swabs and white spirit. Further cleaning was undertaken using white spirit applied with a brush to get wax and debris from the recesses of the carving. Groom stick was also used in some areas to remove larger particles of dirt and cotton wool fibres from previous cleaning.
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Object reference number: JCR2414
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