Netsuke, Japanese dress toggle, in a shape of lion dancer, bone, maker unknown, Japan, 1700-1900

Made in Japan, 1700-1900.

Hand carved bone figure. Depicts a Shishimai dancer. The Shishimai, or lion dance was originally imported from mainland China in the seventh century. This figure depicts a lion dancer wearing a costume consisting of a long cloak with a mask of the head of the Shishi, the mythical half lion, half dog beast. The front of the costume is open to show the face and legs of the dancer. The figure is tubular in shape and hollow in the middle.

Summary

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Hand carved bone figure. Depicts a Shishimai dancer. The Shishimai, or lion dance was originally imported from mainland China in the seventh century. This figure depicts a lion dancer wearing a costume consisting of a long cloak with a mask of the head of the Shishi, the mythical half lion, half dog beast. The front of the costume is open to show the face and legs of the dancer. The figure is tubular in shape and hollow in the middle.

Dimensions

47 mm

Production

1700-1900

History

This object was part of a collection owned by the donors Alastair and Hedda Morrison. It was purchased in Japan in 1961 for 4,000 Yen.
Morrison, Hedda

Source

Gift of Alastair Morrison
5 February, 1996

Cite this Object

Netsuke, Japanese dress toggle, in a shape of lion dancer, bone, maker unknown, Japan, 1700-1900 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2017, <https://ma.as/154352>
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