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Katabori Netsuke with Ojime and Tobacco Box

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Katabori Netsuke with Ojime and Tobacco Box, 19th c.
3 1/2 in. x 2 1/4 in. x 3 in. (8.89 cm x 5.72 cm x 7.62 cm)

Object Type: Decorative Arts
Technique: Woodworking
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 71.1.403

Box: 3.5” x 2.25” x 3” Ojime: 0.75” x 0.75” x 0.9” Netsuke: 1.75” x 0.75” x 1.25”

No marks.

Carved and stained wood, ivory, and cord.

Object Description
Tonkotsu (tobacco box) with ojime and katabori netsuke of seated craftsman working with stick in ball, figures carved in box.

The four figures depicted on the tobacco box are that of four sages and a warrior out in the countryside. The netsuke depicts a seated craftsman. Due to the difference in materials and subject matter of the work it is unlikely that the inro and netsuke were originally created to be displayed together. Tonkotsu, in contrast to the more delicate inro, are single compartment wooden tobacco boxes popular with the lower classes.

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