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Netsuke of Flying Goose over Flowers

Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Ivory, decorated with bird in shakudo and flowers in mother-of-pearl
Dimensions:
H. 5/8 in. (1.6 cm); Diam. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm)
Classification:
Netsuke
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Accession Number:
10.211.1276
Not on view
On the obverse of this manju-shaped netsuke, a goose of gold and copper alloy hovers over chrysanthemums and other autumn grasses of inlaid mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell. On the reverse, similar materials are arranged to render a swallow as it gazes above at hanging wisteria. Seasonal motifs are a favored theme in Japanese art.
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