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Inro and Netsuke

by Anonymous

Abstract

Lacquer, mother-of-pearl, and wood. This small inro, a pouch for carrying medicines, coins, and other valuables, takes the form of a rabbit, complete with feet sculpted on the bottom. The netsuke, or toggle for attaching the inro to the belt, is a tortoise whose head retracts inside its body. The pairing of the tortoise and the hare thus evokes the famous fable of Aesop, with which the Japanese would have been familiar in the late Edo and early Meiji periods.

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Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Acknowledgement to be given to the ASIANetwork-Luce Asian Art in the Undergraduate Curriculum Project and to the college from whose collection the work comes. The individual college retains copyright to the work.

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Publisher
Colby College
PID
coccc:25487