Tanuki – netsuke

Isshi

Isshi - Tanuki – netsuke
The miniature fastener with holes for strings on the reverse is carved from dentin. It depicts the legendary Japanese tanuki, which is often translated as badger, but from the zoological point of view, actually corresponds to a racoon dog. Like the white fox, the “badger” tanuki is a creature that plays a major role in Japanese folklore. Tanuki can assume various forms and often uses this privilege to perform various swindles and jokes. Tanuki is also known for its taste for good food and sake, and its figures adorn the entrances to many Japanese restaurants and bars.
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measurements: height 3,5 cm
material: Whale dentin
technique: Carving
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inventory number: Vp 2751
gallery collection: Collection of Asian and African Art
licence: Creative Commons License public domain