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Skeleton Astride a Skull

Artist:
Rantei (Japanese,)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
late 18th–early 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); W. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm); D. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Classification:
Netsuke
Credit Line:
Bequest of Stephen Whitney Phoenix, 1881
Accession Number:
81.1.72
Not on view
This superbly articulated rendition of a skeleton astride a skull is a humorous statement of the transitory nature of human life.
Signature: Rantei
Stephen Whitney Phoenix , New York (until d. 1881)
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