Sashi Netsuke: Nio, Protector of Buddhist Temples


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Artifact Identification Sashi Netsuke: Nio, Protector of Buddhist Temples   (2005.11.0009)
  1. Personal Artifacts
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  3. Personal Gear
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  5. Personal Carrying & Storage Gear
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Late Edo Period, 18th Century
Culture Japanese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 13 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 5 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 3 cm
Weight 47 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Boxwood, Plant--Wood, Animal--Tooth--Ivory?, Animal--Horn
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information N/A

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Published Description N/A

"A very rare Japanese boxwood Sashi netsuke of a Nio, late Edo period, 18th century, 5”H. A Sashi netsuke is elongated. Unlike standard netsuke, which were used as toggles, the Sashi netsuke were worn thrust deep into the obi (for support). Nio is the Japanese word for the deities who appear at the gates of Buddhist temples, where they stand guard. Nio are protectors who are represented as warriors. Their attributes can include vajras (clubs) which are used to scare off those who may do harm. These muscular figures have been produced in various decorative and fine art since the Nara period." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 8/31/2005


Sotheby’s London, Sale LO4752, 6/9/2004, lot 1130, Sashi netsuke of a Daruma, 18th c., 3 3/4”H.

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Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Fred A. Freund Collection
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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