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Netsuke
RKM 84-1946
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The Röhsska Museum has a large, first-rate collection of netsukes. Because of its high level of craftsmanship, this netsuke is one of the masterpieces in the museum’s Oriental collection. Per Dahlström, Curator, Röhsska Museum

History of the Object
Netsuke means “root to hang on” which gives an idea of its function. Netsukes took on their design in the sixteenth century when people began hanging purses, medicine boxes, writing implements, tobacco pouches and suchlike from the kimono’s sash. Small buttons called netsuke were used to fasten them to the sash. The tradition developed during the Tokugawa period (1603–1867) to become an advanced handicraft. During this period, Japan was a strictly regulated society but the netsuke was not counted as a part of the costume or as pictorial art, which allowed great freedom of choice in the selection of materials and motifs. The sculptors chose their motifs not only from Japanese and Chinese mythology and history but also from the plant and animal kingdoms. Materials used could be various kinds of hardwood, ivory, bone, metal or porcelain. This netsuke depicts Hotei, one of the seven Gods of good fortune in Japanese mythology. He is portrayed as a chubby old man, with a sack full of valuable articles; he is a popular figure in netsuke carving. According to Japanese folklore, rubbing his tummy will bring riches, happiness and prosperity.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Wood 
Measurements
Height 7,1 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Originally a simple piece of wood with two holes for fastening cords, the netsuke’s design and motif universe has developed more and more. Skillful sculptors and craftsmen developed the netsuke from merely being a useful article into an "objet d’art". 
Acquisition
Purchased as part of Fredrik Martin's collection, 1905 
Copyright
The Röhsska Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Röhsska Museum 
Museum
The Röhsska Museum, of Design, Fashion and Decorative Arts 
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