Manjū netsuke depicting a kappa sitting on a cucumber

The kappa is a mischievous creature, whose favourite food is the cucumber. A depression on top of its head carries its life-giving fluid.


  • Title

    Manjū netsuke depicting a kappa sitting on a cucumber

  • Artist/maker

    Mitsuo (active c. 1840)
  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1840
  • Material and technique

    ivory, with carved ukibori decoration, and stained with pigment

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  • Dimensions

    2 x 4.3 x 3.35 cm (height x width x depth)
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  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Dr Monica Barnett, 2001.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Seaman, Joyce, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 69 on p. 172, illus. p. 173

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