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Non-Netsuke of Human Skull, by Ho-Kyu-Do Itsu-min, Japan, 19th Century

Inventory Number: 42920
Object Type:
Persons: Ho-kyu-do Itsu-min
Date Created: 19th Century
Place Created: Japan Asia
Accession Number: 1936-22/1813
Brief Description: Wooden non-netsuke with no cord holes.


A very well-carved human skull. The sutures are well outlined. The foramina are represented. The pterygold plates with the hamular processes are present, as are the styloid processes.


The inferior maxillary bone is attached to the rest of the skull by wirees. The Condyle on the right side has recently been broken off. The teeth are not well differentiated, all being shaped alike. The 2nd premolars on the right side are missing and the 2nd premolars and the first molars on the right side.


The facial angle amounts to almots a right angle. The cephalic index amounts to 81. The height of the skull amounts to 35 mm. The wood is light in colour but has been stained brown.


Signed Ho-kyu-do Itsu-min to [to = Tokyo school].
Primary Inscriptions:
Provenance: Presented by A. E. Gunther. Hermann Gunther Collection of Medical Netsuke. Stevens 27/4/26 Lot 355. Ex Charles Lund Collection.
Collection Group: Hermann Gunther Collection of Medical Netsuke
Material(s): Wood

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