Dog Amulet (Inu Hariko), Shitayama, Ivory inlaid with mother-of-pearl, metal and cloisonné, Japan

Dog Amulet (Inu Hariko)

Artist:
Shitayama
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)–Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
mid-19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Ivory inlaid with mother-of-pearl, metal and cloisonné
Dimensions:
H. 1 in. (2.5 cm); W. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Classification:
Netsuke
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Accession Number:
10.211.309
Not on view
Inlaid with mother-of-pearl and cloisonné, this netsuke resembles a benevolent dog amulet (inu hariko). These box-shaped charms were given to women in childbirth and to young girls to insure good fortune and a safe home.
Signature: Shiba-yama
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA , 1910; sold to Sage].; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (1910; donated to MMA).