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Manjū netsuke depicting Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen at the battle of Kawanakajima

  • Description

    The sixteenth-century warriors Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin fighting at Kawanakajima. These two warrior-monks owned neighbouring domains and fought many battles against one another, losing many men in the process. The warrior on the left of this netsuke is also depicted in the print EA1983.80.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (probable place of creation)
    Asia Japan (plain of Kawanakajima) (subject)
    1826 - 1892
    Shunkōsai Chōgetsu (1826 - 1892)
    Associated people
    Takeda Shingen (1521 - 1573) (subject)
    Uesugi Kenshin (1530 - 1578) (subject)
    Material and technique
    ivory, probably lathe-turned, with carved decoration, and stained with dark pigment; metal loop on the reverse
    2.9 cm (height)
    7.2 cm (diameter)
    Material index
    Technique index
    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. 97 on p. 240, illus. p. 241

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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