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Manjū netsuke with a takarabune, or treasure ship

  • Description

    A treasure ship, or takarabune, sailing in to port on New Year’s Day filled with the treasures associated with the Seven Gods of Good Fortune (Shichifukujin).

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    19th century (1801 - 1900)
    Meisai (active 19th century)
    Material and technique
    ivory, probably lathe-turned, with carved decoration, and stained with pigment
    2.65 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. 34 on p. 98, illus. p. 99

Glossary (3)

Manjū, netsuke, takarabune

  • 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.

  • takarabune

    Takarabune is a treasure ship, said to arrive on New Year’s Eve loaded with takarazukushi (precious things) for the Shichifukujin (Seven Gods of Good Fortune) to distribute on New Year’s Day.


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