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Tanuki in a Lotus Leaf

Matsuda Sukenaga (Japanese, 1800–1871)
Edo period (1615–1868)
18th century
H. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Accession Number:
Not on view
In Japanese folklore, the tanuki is a mischievous master of disguise and shape shifting. Here it has enveloped himself in a lotus leaf as a priestly disguise.
Signature: Sukenaga
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA , 1910; sold to Sage]. ; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (1910; donated to MMA).
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