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Dog Amulet (Inu Hariko)

Edo period (1615–1868)–Meiji period (1868–1912)
mid-19th century
Ivory inlaid with mother-of-pearl, metal and cloisonné
H. 1 in. (2.5 cm); W. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Accession Number:
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.
Signature: Shiba-yama
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