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Tengu Hatching from an Egg

Edo period (1615–1868)
18th century
Wood with red lacquer
H. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm); W. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm); D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
Not on view
This type of representation of the birth of the mythical creature known as tengu, was most favored by netsuke carvers. The image of the small tengu breaking the shell of its egg is rendered particularly vivid through the use of red lacquer.
Signature: Shugetsu
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