麒麟判子牙彫根付 Kirin (Mythical Chimera) Standing on a Seal
Edo period (1615–1868)
second half 18th century–first half 19th century
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Not on view
The kirin is considered a paragon of virtue. It has the head of a dragon, the body of a deer, legs and hooves similar to those of a horse, and the tail of a lion. Its single, distinctive horn links it to the unicorn.
Edward C. Moore , New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA).
Lincroft. Monmouth Museum. "Curious Creatures and Bizarre Beasts," January 28, 1979–April 15, 1979.
Artist: Ganbun (Japanese, active until 1870s)Date: mid-19th centuryMedium: Single case; lacquered wood imitating bamboo with pewter and silver inlay and gold hiramaki-e Netsuke: bamboo; lacquered wood with gold hiramaki-e and stained ivory inlay Ojime: snail; copperAccession: 13.67.10On view in:Gallery 223
Date: second half of the 19th centuryMedium: Sheath shape; lacquered wood with gold and silver takamaki-e, hiramaki-e, togidashimaki-e, and colored ivory inlay on gold lacquer ground Netsuke: kagamibuta type, lotus pad with frog; stained ivory and metal Ojime: agate beadAccession: 29.100.874On view in:Gallery 223