Okimono: Ashinga and Tenaga with Octopus


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Artifact Identification Okimono: Ashinga and Tenaga with Octopus   (2004.13.0003)
Communication Artifacts : Art : N/A
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location Asia, East, Japan
Period/Date Late Edo Period (1603-1868) - Early Meiji Period (1868-1912), 19th century
Culture Japanese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 25 cm
Dimension 2 (Length) 10.5 cm
Dimension 3 (Width) 7.5 cm
Weight 477 g
Measuring Remarks 10” high as per Bernie McManus appraisal. Second and third dimensions are taken on the base.
Materials Plant--Wood
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information N/A

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A

"A rare Japanese wood okimono (in the manner of a sashi netsuke) of Tenaga and Ashinaga with octopus, signed, the characters translate as Kakusen. 19th century, 10” high.

Ashinaga and Tenaga (long legs and long arms) are the two legendary neighboring races, the one consisting of very long-legged people with short arms, the other having very long-armed people with very short legs; the two races cooperated together in catching fish.

A sashi netsuke is a netsuke carved in a rare elongated form, as a toggle for a sagemono." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 9/15/2004

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Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Fred A. Freund Collection
Reproduction N/A
Reproduction Information N/A

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