Netsuke in the form of a figure wearing a mask of Okame, a merry Shinto goddessOn display
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Netsuke in the form of a figure wearing a mask of Okame, a merry Shinto goddess
Datemid-19th century (1840-1860)
Material and technique
wood, coral, and ivory, all with carved decoration; ivory stained with pigment
Dimensions6.2 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm max. (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Presented by Sir Herbert Ingram, 1956.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 37 | Japan 1600 - 1850
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.
Impey, Oliver, Japanese Netsuke in Oxford: From the Ashmolean Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, and the Museum of the History of Science (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1987), no. 31 on p. 26, illus. p. 26