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獏木彫根付
Crouching Baku (Mythical Creature)

Artist:
Sadatake (Japanese, active 18th century)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H. 2 in. (5.1 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:
10.211.2278
Not on view
The baku is a mythical creature known to devour dreams and nightmares. It has the trunk of an elephant, the tail of an ox and the paws of a tiger. This rare example is carved in wood and decorated with lacquer.
Signature: Sadatake or Jōbu (according to Barbara Okada)
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA , 1910; sold to Sage]. ; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (1910; donated to MMA).
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