Netsuke formed from a walnut shell, carved all over with masksOn display
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Netsuke formed from a walnut shell, carved all over with masks
Artist/makerSeimin (active late 19th century) (carver)
Datelate 19th century
Material and technique
walnut, with carved decoration, and inlaid with ivory
Dimensions3.9 x 2.8 x 2.9 cm max. (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Presented by Oppenheim.
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.