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Japanese netsuke of the Takarabune

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Japanese netsuke of the Takarabune
Forani Collection
Cat. No: IC75-1147

Ivory netsuke (waist-band toggle) of the Takarabune (= treasure ship) of the Shichi Fukujin (= Seven Gods of Luck) with four minogame (hair tailed turtles) swimming alongside. Late 19th early 20th century, Japan. L 5.75 cm. W 4.50 cm. H 5.00 cm. Acquired: Brussels.

Note: There being no pockets in traditional Japanese dress, small personal items were carried in sagemono (containers) attached to a string hanging from the obi (sash) worn round the waist. The containers were secured by a netsuke (toggle) at the other end of the string that was passed under the sash to be trapped in place against the body above the top edge of the sash.

Photo: John Noone IMG_1566.jpg

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