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Manjū netsuke depicting Yasumasa playing his flute about to be attacked by the bandit Hakadamare

  • Description

    The nobleman Yasumasa is unaware that the villainous Hakadamare has crept up behind him to rob him. Hakadamare was overcome by the beauty of the flute music in the moonlight and desisted from the deed. Yasumasa rewarded him handsomely.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    late 19th century
    Ono Ryōmin (active late 19th century)
    Associated people
    Fujiwara Yasumasa (AD 958 - 1036) (subject)
    Hakadamare Yasusuke (active mid-10th century AD – early 11th century) (subject)
    Material and technique
    ivory, probably lathe-turned, with carved decoration, and stained with red and brown pigment
    2 cm (height)
    5 cm (diameter)
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    formed carved,
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    Credit line
    Bequeathed by Dr Monica Barnett, 2001.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 23 April-22 September 2013, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Joyce Seaman, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 73 on p. 182, illus. p. 183

Glossary (2)

Manjū, netsuke

  • Manjū

    The manjū is a type of netsuke or toggle which takes its name from a round, sweet, bean paste-filled bun. A greater dynamism can often be achieved on the front and back of the netsuke than with other three-dimensional carving.

  • netsuke

    The netsuke is a form of toggle that was used to secure personal items suspended on cords from the kimono sash. These items included purses, medicine cases or tobacco paraphernalia.


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