A British Museum Partnership Exhibition
This exhibition explores the intricate accessories worn by Japanese men during the Edo period (1615-1868). Netsuke are a form of Japanese miniature sculpture that were primarily functional, but evolved into an important art form. The exhibition features five netsuke and other objects chosen from the British Museum’s collection, with more pieces added from MEAA’s collection to show the range and beauty of these objects and their excellent craftsmanship.
The exhibition places the netsuke and other objects in context with a sword and bespoke male kimono to demonstrate how they were worn as a complete outfit in the 18th century.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Dorset Foundation.
Chinese boy holding a mask for a lion dance. Mikawachi kilns (Saga prefecture), Japan, 1800s. ©The Trustees of the Bristish Museum
Images right (from top):
- Goldfish. Masanao I of Ise, Japan, 1815–90.©The Trustees of the Bristish Museum
- Drum and fox’s mask netsuke. Japan, 19th century. MEAA collection BATEA1169.
- Lacquer inro with Daruma and geese in style of Ritsuo and ojime and wood netsuke of a wheelwright – signed ‘Hokei’Japan, 18th century. MEAA collection BATEA1128.