From the Collection: Netsuke

1959-23_view_1Netsuke are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan. This particular netsuke joined the collection in 1959 and is in the form of Daruma, a Hindu sage said to have introduced zen Budddhism into China and Japan.

Here are a few others from the Mead’s collection:

1959-21_view_1^^Netsuke in the form of of the head of dried sardine, or Iwashi, a charm used in Japan to prevent the return of demons after the expulsion on New Year’s Eve^^

1959-27_view_1^^Netsuke in the form of Kiyohime and the temple bell, from the legend of Kiyohime and Anchin^^

1959-19_view_1^^Netsuke of a wolf gnawing on a skull^^

Here’s another angle of that one:

1959-19_view_2

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and Smith College Museum of Art also have amazing collections of netsuke:

mh_1986_30_66_v1^^Netsuke in the form of a badger with a lotus leaf hat^^
From the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum Collection – MH 1986.30.66

mh_1986_30_33_v1
^^Netsuke in the form of a Dutchman holding bird^^
From the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum Collection – MH 1986.30.33

1968_94_a^^Netsuke in the form of a child with a puppy^^
From the Smith College Museum of Art College – SC 1968:94

1968_67_a^^Netsuke in the form of Karako Sitting on a Shishi^^
From the Smith College Museum of Art College – SC 1968:67

Click here to see even more netsuke from the collections.

image sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4&5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

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