Netsuke of Ox with Bokudo | Japan | Edo (1615–1868) or Meiji period (1868–1912) | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Period: Edo (1615–1868) or Meiji period (1868–1912). Date: 19th century. Culture: Japan. Medium: Wood and ivory. Dimensions: H. 13/16 in. (2 cm); W. 1 3...
Spirit Foxes and Raunchy Demons in Japanese Netsuke Art
Japanese carved figurines, called netsuke, weren't just cool works of art — they served a practical purpose as wardrobe accessories. A well-dressed Japanese man prior to the twentieth century could display his wealth and taste, with beautiful and intricate carvings of demons and cavorting spirits.