Art/ Collection/ Art Object

枝豆牙彫根付
Edamame (Soy Beans)

Artist:
Okatomo (Japanese, active late 18th–early 19th century)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
late 18th–early 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm); W. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classification:
Netsuke
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Accession Number:
10.211.1154
Not on view
Edamame literally means stem beans, because the soya beans were boiled while still attached to the stem. The artist has captured the fluid form of edamame through simple yet graceful light staining, which increases the shadowy effect of the cluster.
Signature: Oka tomo (Yama guchi)
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA , 1910; sold to Sage]. ; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (1910; donated to MMA).
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