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Netsuke 'Tortoise'
MNEMG 41.1979.Ma
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This netsuke is unusual as it is made from amber.

History of the Object
The history of the object prior to it entering the museum is unknown.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
amber 
Measurements
Width 3 cm. Height 0.3 cm. Length 5 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
Unknown 
Creation date
Unknown 
Function
Netsuke are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan to serve a practical function. Traditional Japanese garments had no pockets; however, men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings. Their solution was to place such objects in containers hung by cords from the robes' sashes. Whatever the form of the container, the fastener that secured the cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a netsuke (source: Wikipedia) 
Acquisition
This netsuke was bequeathed to the museum by the Hon. Henry Marsham in 1908. 
Copyright
Images of this object are the copyright of Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery 
Museum
Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery 
Credit line
© Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery 

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