H. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm); W. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm); D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Not on view
This type of representation of the birth of the mythical creature known as tengu, was most favored by netsuke carvers. The image of the small tengu breaking the shell of its egg is rendered particularly vivid through the use of red lacquer.
Edward C. Moore , New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed 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