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Netsuke of a Tusk with Spider and Poem
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Netsuke of a Tusk with Spider and Poem


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A carved wild boar tusk netsuke with a spider applied in relief. A fern and a long inscription are incised and ink stained in the lines.
Exhibitions
  • Netsuke: Miniature Sculpture of Japan. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transliteration] Michinoku no / Shinobu moji-zuri / Tare yue ni / Midare-some nishi / Ware naranaku ni; [Translation] Ah! why does love distract my thoughts, Disordering my will! I'm like the pattern on the cloth of Michinoku hill, -- All in confusion still.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
late 18th-mid 19th century (Edo)
Medium
boar tusk ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.817
Measurements
H: 4 × W: 1 7/8 × D: 9/16 in. (10.2 × 4.7 × 1.4 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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