Netsuke in the form of a tengu mountain demon emerging from an eggOn display
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Netsuke in the form of a tengu mountain demon emerging from an egg
Datelate 18th century
Material and technique
ivory, with carved decoration, and stained with pigment
Dimensions3.6 x 3.6 x 2.3 cm (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Presented by Sir Herbert Ingram, 1956.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 37 | Japan 1600 - 1850
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Glossary of terms
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.
Tengu are powerful mountain goblins. Two types appear in Japanese art, one with a long nose, and the other with a beak and claws. One identifying feature of both is a feathered fan.