Octopus – netsuke


Akiyama - Octopus – netsuke
The term netsuke literally means “to root” referring to the function of the netsuke fasteners, which were attached by cords to kimono obi sashes. This wooden, rosewood-coloured fastener is shaped like an octopus with inlaid eyes resting on a tortoise, a traditional symbol of longevity. The miniature’s bottom bears the signature of Master Akiyama.
measurements: height 4 cm
width 3,4 cm
depth 3,1 cm
material: Wood
technique: Carved, inlaid
inventory number: Vp 3179
gallery collection: Collection of Asian and African Art

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