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Rabbit

Artist:
Mitsuhiro Ōhara (Japanese, 1810–1875)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
mid-19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 1 in. (2.5 cm); W. 1 in. (2.5 cm); D. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Classification:
Netsuke
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.975
Not on view
This netsuke--a masterpiece of understated simplicity-- depicts a white rabbit. In Japanese folklore, a rabbit lives in the moon where he pounds rice cakes or prepares the elixir of immortality.
Signature: Mitsuhiro and Ōhara

Marking: Sealed: Ōhara
Edward C. Moore , New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: A Decade of Collecting Japanese Art," September 29, 2001–March 10, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn in Japanese Art," June 24, 2011–October 23, 2011.

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