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關羽牙彫根付
Chinese General Guan Yu (Kan’u)

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 5 in. (12.7 cm); W. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Netsuke
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Accession Number:
10.211.1496
Not on view
This exquisite carving depicts general Guan Yu (d. 220), the epitome of Confucian virtue, loyalty and righteousness. He was deified in the sixth century and widely worshipped in Asia.
Inscription: Undecipherable signature added at a later date.
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