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染付子運び唐子形根付
Child Carrying an Infant Netsuke

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
late 18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels (Hirado ware)
Dimensions:
H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); W. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. V. Everit Macy, 1923
Accession Number:
23.225.81
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.

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