Netsuke of Fox Holding Baby and with Brush in Mouth from the Kabuki Play "Shinoda Zuma, Kuzonoha"
H. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Not on view
This Netsuke depicts one of the most popular fox legends, that of Kuzunoha, a fox disguised as a beautiful woman who married Abe no Yasuna after he rescued her from hunters. She is seen here, after her discovery as a fox, writing a farewell poem to her husband. She holds the brush in her mouth while embracing her baby.
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA , 1910; sold to Sage]. ; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (1910; donated to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Kyūbi no Kitsune: Legends of the Nine-Tailed Fox," 1994.
Artist: Maki-e by Yūtokusai Gyokkei (Japanese, (active early–mid-19th century))Date: mid-19th centuryMedium: Four cases; lacquered wood with gold and silver hiramaki-e on gold lacquer ground Netsuke: lacquered wood with inlay of a snail on bamboo Ojime: metal bead with birdsAccession: 36.100.246On view in:Gallery 223
Artist: Ganbun (Japanese, active until 1870s)Date: mid-19th centuryMedium: Single case; lacquered wood imitating bamboo with pewter and silver inlay and gold hiramaki-e Netsuke: bamboo; lacquered wood with gold hiramaki-e and stained ivory inlay Ojime: snail; copperAccession: 13.67.10On view in:Gallery 223
Date: second half of the 19th centuryMedium: Sheath shape; lacquered wood with gold and silver takamaki-e, hiramaki-e, togidashimaki-e, and colored ivory inlay on gold lacquer ground Netsuke: kagamibuta type, lotus pad with frog; stained ivory and metal Ojime: agate beadAccession: 29.100.874On view in:Gallery 223