H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); W. 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm); D. 7/8 in. (2.3 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Not on view
Ashinaga ("long legs") and Tenaga ("long arms") are two mythical figures who utilize their enhanced extremities to capture creatures from the ocean. The pair thus transforms what might at first appear as physical disfigurements into a mutually beneficial attribute. Here Tenaga grasps the day's catch, an octopus, in his left hand. In turn, the octopus' tentacles ensnare Ashinaga's legs and Tenaga's arm, and one tentacle reaches up toward Ashinaga's back.
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA, 1910; sold to Sage].; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (1910; donated to MMA).
Artist: Date: late 11th to early 12th century Accession Number: 2015.300.251a, b Date: late 11th to early 12th centuryMedium: Lacquered and gilded Japanese cypressAccession: 2015.300.251a, bOn view in:Gallery 224