H. 2 in. (5.1 cm); W. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
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).
Artist: Tōyō (Japanese, active second half of the 18th century)Date: second half of the 18th centuryMedium: Three cases; lacquered wood with gold and silver hiramaki-e, togidashimaki-e, and gold foil cutouts on black lacquer ground Netsuke: box with flowers; lacquered wood with hiramaki-e Ojime: coral beadAccession: 13.67.64On view in:Gallery 223
Date: 17th centuryMedium: Single case; tortoiseshell under bamboo or rattan covered with lacquer (urushi) Netsuke: turtle; wood Ojime: insects and butterflies; bronze with metal inlaysAccession: 91.1.2153a–cOn view in:Gallery 223