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Netsuke: Hunter on a captured boar
1983
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Masterpiece

This miniature carving depicting a hunter sitting on the belly of a captured boar was made for use. This excellent piece meets all the requirements of a good netsuke, i.e. it is well rounded, worked on every side and is nicely worn. It is not signed but its style (even the ivory used) strongly resembles the works of the outstanding masters of the Ósaka-Kyóto region. Netsuke made on order were not always signed and unsigned pieces are often superior in beauty to signed ones.

History of the Object
Among the netsuke types, the largest and most appealing group are the figural netsuke (katabori); as miniature carvings they are among the most original works of Japanese plastic art of the late Edo period.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Ivory 
Measurements
Height 2.8 cm Length 4.7 cm  
Creator name
Unknown (unsigned) 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; Early 19th century 
Function
Netsuke is a type of personal ornament for men. It is a fastener in the form of a small carving that secured different containers such as inró (medicine box), tabako-ire (box or pouch for tobacco) or yatate (holder for writing materials) to the sash (obi) of the kimono. 
Acquisition
Collected by Ferenc Hopp, founder of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts. 
Copyright
No information, data or images may be published or reproduced without written permission of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hungarian State; property management by the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest; in the Collection of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest. 
Museum
Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts 
Credit line
Description by Éva Cseh, Japanist, Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts 

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