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Netsuke of Inro and Bag with Mushroom and Rat, Tomo-tada, Japan, 18th Century

Inventory Number: 33530
Object Type:
Persons: Tomo-tada
Date Created: 18th Century
Place Created: Japan Asia
Accession Number: 1936-28/2143
Brief Description: Ivory netsuke with unequal cord holes.

An Inro and a Bag both with Ojime and both attached to the same netsuke which consists of a mushroom with a rat on it.

The inro bears on one surface the representation in slight relief of a man holding a bucking ox by a rope which passes through the nose of the ox. The background has a rectangular pattern. The other surface is mostly hidden by the bag but a sprig of plum blossom in slight relief is seen. The inro has three cases and projecting cord tubes. The sides are rounded. The cords are knotted below the inro in the usual way. The Ojime is red coral and is spherical. The bag is closed and the cord passes through a sperical ivory ojime to the netsuke.

The netsuke is the underside of a mushroom with the stalk. A rat rests on the underside of the mushroom and there are a few small insect holes in the mushroom.

Signed Tomo-tada.
Primary Inscriptions:
Provenance: Presented by A. E. Gunther. Hermann Gunther Collection of Medical Netsuke. Bought from Murakami 18/6/31. Ex Herr Konsul Dr. Charles L. Hartmann Collection. Sotheby's 4/6/31 Lot 267.
Collection Group: Hermann Gunther Collection of Medical Netsuke
Material(s): Ivory