Ivory inlaid with mother-of-pearl, metal and cloisonné
H. 1 in. (2.5 cm); W. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Not on view
Inlaid with mother-of-pearl and cloisonné, this netsuke resembles a benevolent dog amulet (inu hariko). These box-shaped charms were given to women in childbirth and to young girls to insure good fortune and a safe home.
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA , 1910; sold to Sage]. ; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (1910; donated to MMA).
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