Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Netsuke: Goose and swallow, 19th century
    Japanese
    Ivory, metal alloy, mother–of–pearl, tortoiseshell; H. 5/8 in. (1.6 cm), Diam. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm)
    Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910 (10.211.1276)

    On the obverse of this manju-shaped netsuke, a goose of gold and copper alloy hovers over chrysanthemums and other autumn grasses of inlaid mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell. On the reverse, similar materials are arranged to render a swallow as it gazes above at hanging wisteria. Seasonal motifs are a favored theme in Japanese art.

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  • Netsuke: Goose and swallow, 19th century
    Japanese
    Ivory, metal alloy, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell; H. 5/8 in. (1.6 cm), Diam. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm)
    Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910 (10.211.1276)


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