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Netsuke. Turtle. Made of silver.
- Production date
- Late 19thC
Width: 5.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Netsuke made of metal were generally created by metalworkers, who did not specialize in netsuke. Especially in the latter part of the Edo period (1615-1868), at the peak of netsuke production, various artists working in metals made netsuke using special techniques to accommodate an increasing demand for innovative netsuke, and to supplement their main output. The Kikugawa were a family who specialized in metalwork in Edo (present-day Tokyo). This silver model of a turtle, which has substantial weight, demonstrates the artist's considered and subtle craftsmanship. A ring is attached to the inside of the removable central scute of the carapace, permitting a cord to be tied through a hole in the centre of the turtle's belly. (NT 2015)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2014 June-Aug, London, British Museum, Asahi Shimbun display, Dressed to impress: Netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion.
2016-17 9 Dec-21 May, Durham University Oriental Museum, Dressed to impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion
2017 30 May-29 Oct, Dorman Museum, Dressed to impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion
2017-2018 4 Nov-22 Apr, Museum of East Asian Art, Dressed to impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion
2018 28 Apr-18 Aug, Worthing Museum, Dressed to impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion
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