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Manjū netsuke depicting a child riding a sacred deer

  • Description

    A child riding the god Jurōjin’s sacred white deer. On the reverse is a tree tied with a sacred rope, or shimenawa.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    mid - late 19th century
    Hōjitsu Meikeisai (c. 1800 - 1872)
    Material and technique
    ivory, probably lathe-turned, with carved decoration, and stained with red and black pigment
    1.6 cm (height)
    4.9 cm (diameter)
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    Credit line
    Bequeathed by Dr Monica Barnett, 2001.
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  • 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. 44 on p. 116, illus. p. 117

Glossary (3)

Jurōjin, Manjū, netsuke

  • Jurōjin

    Jurōjin is one of the Shichifukujin or Seven Gods of Good Fortune. He is depicted as a wise old man and is often accompanied by a 1500-year-old deer; both are symbolic of longevity.

  • 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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