Japanese Carved Ivory Memento Mori Netsuke in the Form of a Skull

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Object Description

A Japanese Carved Ivory Memento Mori Netsuke in the Form of a Skull the Himotoshi to the Base with Signs of Wear
Unsigned
Old smooth creamy patina
Late Edo Period Early 19th Century

Size: a. 2.5cm high, 3cm wide, 4cm deep – 1 ins high, 1¼ ins wide, 1½ ins deep

Object History

Ex Private English collection

Object Literature

Skulls and skeletons have more than one meaning in Japanese art and culture. As in Christian religious teachings, Buddhism also stresses that all physical beauty deteriorates, that all life is transient, and so it is better not to be vain, but to seek spiritual growth instead. As well as acting as ‘vanitas’ skulls and skeletons also represent ghosts in Japan. Some netsuke artists carved them to demonstrate their mastery of anatomy.

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