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Netsuke
RKM 380-1946
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Today there are more than 600 high-quality netsukes in the Röhsska Museum Oriental collection, which makes it one of the largest and finest in Europe. Thanks to its masterful craftsmanship and a typical motif from Japanese mythology, this netsuke is a masterpiece in the collection. Per Dahlström, Curator, Röhsska Museum

History of the Object
According to legend the islands of Japan rest on a giant fish, Namazu, whose all-too-lively quivering causes devastating earthquakes. The god Kadori Myojin is depicted on this netsuke as an ape riding on Namazu. In order to prevent catastrophe, he tries to keep the unruly fish calm with the aid of a magic gourd. 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.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Ivory and bone 
Measurements
Height 3,4 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20 th 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 the Salomon Sörensen collection, 1946. 
Copyright
The Röhsska Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Röhsska Museum 
Museum
The Röhsska Museum, of Design, Fashion and Decorative Arts 
Credit line
 

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