Netsuke in the Shape of Crab on a Lotus Leaf

Date: 19th century

Culture: Japan

Medium: Ivory with metal disc

Dimensions: Diam. 1 3/4 in. (1.5 cm); D. 9/16 in. (1.5 cm)

Classification: Netsuke

Credit Line: Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891

Accession Number: 91.1.940


A crab of copper alloy sidles across this decaying lotus leaf. The upturned edges of the leaf and the crab's claw are rendered in gold.