Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Netsuke of an Actor

19th century
H. 2 in. (5.1 cm); W. 1 in. (2.5 cm); D. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Accession Number:
Not on view
Signature: Toshi kaza
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA , 1910; sold to Sage]. ; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (1910; donated to MMA).
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