H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); W. 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm); D. 7/8 in. (2.3 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Not on view
Ashinaga ("long legs") and Tenaga ("long arms") are two mythical figures who utilize their enhanced extremities to capture creatures from the ocean. The pair thus transforms what might at first appear as physical disfigurements into a mutually beneficial attribute. Here Tenaga grasps the day's catch, an octopus, in his left hand. In turn, the octopus' tentacles ensnare Ashinaga's legs and Tenaga's arm, and one tentacle reaches up toward Ashinaga's back.
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA, 1910; sold to Sage]. ; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (1910; donated to MMA).
Artist: Tōyō (Japanese, active second half of the 18th century)Date: second half of the 18th centuryMedium: Three cases; lacquered wood with gold and silver hiramaki-e, togidashimaki-e, and gold foil cutouts on black lacquer ground Netsuke: box with flowers; lacquered wood with hiramaki-e Ojime: coral beadAccession: 13.67.64On view in:Gallery 223
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