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Tobako-Ire/ojime/netsuke
MPE 131913
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Matsuda Sukenaga, the greatest master of ittobori, shows in this item both his mature artistic and technical talents, imitating in the smallest detail an old leather pouch. The embossed surface is decorated with skilfully crafted botan flowers and karakusa motive. The seam and the button are also perfectly carved. The elegant signature is clean cut and noteworthy. Sukenaga preferred to use ichii wood because it acquired a suggestive patina with use. The ojime is signed and depicts in different metals a frog on a lotus leaf. The wooden katabori netsuke represents Hotei, one of the Seven Gods of Luck.

History of the Object
The Hida Takayama school is famous for the Ittobori (one cut carving) technique originated by Hirata Suketomo. Matsuda Sukenaga (1800-1871) was Suketomo's pupil and developed this technique in Edo City but his style continues to be in use at Takayama Hida district. Souvenirs with the Suke ideogram included in the craftman’s signature are still produced.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Wood, silk, metal 
Measurements
Width 5.1 cm. Length 6.9 cm.  
Creator name
Matsuda Sukenaga 
Creator date
1800-1871 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
19th Century - 20th Century; 1804-1929; Anuvong Period 
Function
 
Acquisition
From the Vincenzo Ragusa collection, acquired in 1916 (see item n° 131917) 
Copyright
©Soprintendenza al Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Roma 
Acknowledgements
Text: Francesco de Feo, Loretta Paderni Photo: Giorgio Bronchi, Fabio Naccari ©Soprintendenza al Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Roma 
Owner
Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Roma State property, Italy 
Museum
Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini" 
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