Manjū netsuke depicting Urashima Tarō riding on the back of his wife, who is disguised as a turtle

The fisherman Urashima Tarō married Otohime, daughter of the Dragon King of the Sea. Here, Otohime is disguised as a turtle and Urashima Tarō is depicted riding home on her back to visit his parents. On the reverse is the treasure box she has given Urashima Tarō, which he must not open until he returns to her.


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Further reading

Seaman, Joyce, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 68 on pp. 170-172, illus. p. 2 fig. 5 & p. 171

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