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Kintarō was brought up by a mountain hermit called Yamauba. His childhood was spent amongst forest animals. One day, his extraordinary strength was noticed by the warrior Minamoto no Yorimitsu, who was so impressed that he invited Kintarō to become one of his four trusted guardians, known as the Shitennō. This scene is also depicted on the netsuke EA2001.83.
Artist/makerUtagawa Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866) (designer)
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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), illus. p. 194 fig. 55