Meiji Bijutsu

Edo Period Netsuke

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: Item # 1323355
Meiji Bijutsu
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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A finely carved netsuke made in the shape of a turtle carrying a sort of aquatic world on its shell. In Chinese mythology, in which Japan’s has roots, the turtle is a representation of the universe and the world which it carries.

One of the foot of the turtle is shorter than the others, which makes the netsuke lean, when put on a flat surface. Looking closely, it is not clear whether that is caused by a flaw or not. In any case, netsuke were not supposed to be presented in such ways, but rather wore as ornaments on men’s belts.

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Dimensions: 5.9 x 3 x 2 cm (2.4 x 1.2 x 0.8 in), weight 24g (0.8 oz)

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