Ivory netsuke group of a monkey and four frogs
- Object Number: 285
- Simple Name: figure
- Other Name: netsuke
- Production Place: Japan
- Summary: Ivory netsuke group of a monkey and four frogs. The monkey is depicted riding on the back of one of the frogs. All the animals hold pieces of wood or bamboo in their hands and are gathered together on a lotus leaf. Japan.
- Terms:decorative arts
- Terms:East Asian
- Additional Notes: Netsuke are miniature sculptures invented in 17th-century Japan. They served a practical function as ornate fasteners or toggles and the characters 'ne' and 'tsuke' mean 'root' and 'to attach'. They evolved beyond strictly functional objects to become great objects of art and craftsmanship, often reflecting Japanese folklore and life.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery