Manjū netsuke depicting the Earth Spider in a webOn display
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Manjū netsuke depicting the Earth Spider in a web
Artist/makerMunetoshi (active 2nd half of the 19th century)
Date2nd half of the 19th century
Material and technique
ivory, with carved decoration, and stained with pigment
Dimensions1.8 cm (height)
4.9 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Dr Monica Barnett, 2001.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 37 | Japan 1600 - 1850
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Glossary of terms
The manjū is a type of netsuke or toggle which takes its name from a round, sweet, bean paste-filled bun. A greater dynamism can often be achieved on the front and back of the netsuke than with other three-dimensional carving.
The netsuke is a form of toggle that was used to secure personal items suspended on cords from the kimono sash. These items included purses, medicine cases or tobacco paraphernalia.
Seaman, Joyce, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 74 on p. 184, illus. p. 185