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Tobacco Pouch and Pipe with Netsuke of Freshwater Pearl in Gold Mount

Edo period (1615–1868)
18th century
Pouch: Dutch embossed leather with silver foil, and color Clasp: gold, shakudō and shibuichi Ojime: gold Netsuke: freshwater pearl and gold Pipe: metal Pipe case: Dutch embossed leather with silver foils, and color
Pouch: H. 4 in. (10.2 cm); W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm) Pipe case: L. 9 in. (22.9 cm) Pipe: L. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm) Netsuke: Diam. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Tobacco Pouches
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number:
14.40.843a, b
Not on view
The freshwater pearl of the netsuke is embedded in a fine gold mount depicting waves. The waves are executed in great detail with dramatic curves and round water drops. Its valuable materials make this tobacco pouch and netsuke the ultimate luxury accessory.
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