Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels (Hirado ware)
H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); W. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. V. Everit Macy, 1923
Not on view
The fragility of porcelain and utilitarian function of the netsuke form an incongruous combination. Yet, ceramic netsuke such as this piece depicting a Chinese boy (karako) carrying an infant were extremely popular.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "No Ordinary Mortals: The Human and Not-So-Human Figure in Japanese Art," 1996.