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Take a look at some of the objects in our new Exploring East Asia gallery, which opened on 8 February 2019. Find out more about our new galleries here: https://www.nms.ac.uk/seethewholestory

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Japanese Art
Netsuke
The art of a theatre district handscroll

Japanese Art

Colour woodblock print entitled Boshu Kamogawa (Kamogawa river, Awa province), depicting a boat on the shore: Japan, by Kawase Hasui, 1934

Colour woodblock print entitled Boshu Kamogawa (Kamogawa river, Awa province), depicting a boat on the shore: Japan, by Kawase Hasui, 1934

Sheet from colour woodblock print triptych, entitled Konrei no zu (Marriage Picture), depicting bride being led forward from her palanquin: by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Edo, Japan, c. 1850

Sheet from colour woodblock print triptych, entitled Konrei no zu (Marriage Picture), depicting bride being led forward from her palanquin: by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Edo, Japan, c. 1850

Colour woodblock print entitled Ishinomaki no bosetsu (Evening Snow at Ishinomaki): Japan, by Kawase Hasui, March 1935

Colour woodblock print entitled Ishinomaki no bosetsu (Evening Snow at Ishinomaki): Japan, by Kawase Hasui, March 1935

Colour woodblock triptych print entitled Yodo sekigaki e, depiciting a children's calligraphy competition: Japan, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, c. 1840

Colour woodblock triptych print entitled Yodo sekigaki e, depiciting a children's calligraphy competition: Japan, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, c. 1840

Colour woodblock print of birds: Japan, by Ohara Koson, 1895-1905

Colour woodblock print of birds: Japan, by Ohara Koson, 1895-1905

Part of a colour woodblock diptych print depicting the kabuki actors Nakamura Karoku (right) as Mikuriya and Iwai Kumesaburō (Hanshirō VI) as Mukade no O-Hyaku as two young women with umbrellas on the shore: by Utagawa Kunisada, Japan, 1830-1835

Part of a colour woodblock diptych print depicting the kabuki actors Nakamura Karoku (right) as Mikuriya and Iwai Kumesaburō (Hanshirō VI) as Mukade no O-Hyaku as two young women with umbrellas on the shore: by Utagawa Kunisada, Japan, 1830-1835

Colour woodblock print entitled Aki no kishibe (Autumn Shore), depicting a boat moored by a storehouse: by Fujita Fumio, Japan, 1977

Colour woodblock print entitled Aki no kishibe (Autumn Shore), depicting a boat moored by a storehouse: by Fujita Fumio, Japan, 1977

Colour woodblock print showing summer fireworks above Ryogoku bridge in Tokyo: Japan, by Takahashi Hiroaki, 1921 - 1936

Colour woodblock print showing summer fireworks above Ryogoku bridge in Tokyo: Japan, by Takahashi Hiroaki, 1921 - 1936

Colour woodblock print entitled Hie Jinja, depicting people beneath a cherry tree in bloom outside Hie Shrine in Tokyo: Japan, Tokyo, by Yoshida Toshi, 1940

Colour woodblock print entitled Hie Jinja, depicting people beneath a cherry tree in bloom outside Hie Shrine in Tokyo: Japan, Tokyo, by Yoshida Toshi, 1940

Colour woodblock print depicting a girl in a snowy landscape: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, c. 1830 - 1834

Colour woodblock print depicting a girl in a snowy landscape: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, c. 1830 - 1834

Colour woodblock triptych print entitled Monaka no tsuki-iro no kusabana (Flowers and Grasses by Moonlight), depicting Prince Genji with ladies and a page in a garden by moonlight: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, 1849 - 1852

Colour woodblock triptych print entitled Monaka no tsuki-iro no kusabana (Flowers and Grasses by Moonlight), depicting Prince Genji with ladies and a page in a garden by moonlight: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, 1849 - 1852

Colour woodblock print of a ricefield: Japan, by Tsukioka Kogyo, 1895-1905

Colour woodblock print of a ricefield: Japan, by Tsukioka Kogyo, 1895-1905

Colour woodblock triptych print entitled Genji Rokujo no hana, depicting a young nobleman and ladies viewing cherry blossom by a lake: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, 1854

Colour woodblock triptych print entitled Genji Rokujo no hana, depicting a young nobleman and ladies viewing cherry blossom by a lake: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, 1854

Colour woodblock print of a tea party: Japan, by Mizuno Toshikata, 1895-1905

Colour woodblock print of a tea party: Japan, by Mizuno Toshikata, 1895-1905

Colour woodblock print of a garden scene: Japan, by Mizuno Toshikata, 1895-1905

Colour woodblock print of a garden scene: Japan, by Mizuno Toshikata, 1895-1905

Colour woodblock print, vertical double oban, full-length portrait of a courtesan wearing a black coat with white flowers with a red under-robe, by Katsukawa Shunsen: Japan, 1806 - 1819

Colour woodblock print, vertical double oban, full-length portrait of a courtesan wearing a black coat with white flowers with a red under-robe, by Katsukawa Shunsen: Japan, 1806 - 1819

Colour woodblock print triptych entitled Mizu (Water), depicting Prince Genji and ladies on a boat, from the series Mitate go-gyo (The five elements): Japan, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1851 - 1852

Colour woodblock print triptych entitled Mizu (Water), depicting Prince Genji and ladies on a boat, from the series Mitate go-gyo (The five elements): Japan, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1851 - 1852

Colour woodblock print, depicting the courtesan Hana-ogi of Ogiya with a companion, with a poem by Yodono Sogyu: by Chōkōsai Eishō, Japan, c. 1800

Colour woodblock print, depicting the courtesan Hana-ogi of Ogiya with a companion, with a poem by Yodono Sogyu: by Chōkōsai Eishō, Japan, c. 1800

Colour woodblock print of a pagoda and a rainbow: Japan, by Ogata Gekko, 1895-1905

Colour woodblock print of a pagoda and a rainbow: Japan, by Ogata Gekko, 1895-1905

Cream silk fukusa (gift cover) with embroidered design of a dancer performing the butterfly dance: Japan, mid-Meiji era, 1884 - 1899

Cream silk fukusa (gift cover) with embroidered design of a dancer performing the butterfly dance: Japan, mid-Meiji era, 1884 - 1899

Colour woodblock print entitled Midori no kisetsu C (Green Season C), depicting horses running past trees: Japan, by Fujita Fumio, 1983

Woodblock print

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Colour woodblock print, depicting the poet Abe no Nakamaro in exile in China, gazing at the moon, from the series Seika shashinkyo: Japan, by Katsushika Hokusai, c. 1830

Colour woodblock print, depicting the poet Abe no Nakamaro in exile in China, gazing at the moon, from the series Seika shashinkyo: Japan, by Katsushika Hokusai, c. 1830

Colour woodblock print, depicting the courtesan Misayama of Chōjiya with a companion tuning her samisen, with a poem by San'yodo: by Chōkōsai Eishō, Japan, c. 1800

Colour woodblock print, depicting the courtesan Misayama of Chōjiya with a companion tuning her samisen, with a poem by San'yodo: by Chōkōsai Eishō, Japan, c. 1800

Painting in ink and colours on linen of the Ainu Omusha ceremony, with Ainu officials bowing before Japanese magistrates at an exchange market: Japan, Hokkaido, by Hirasawa Byōzan, 1876

Painting in ink and colours on linen of the Ainu Omusha ceremony, with Ainu officials bowing before Japanese magistrates at an exchange market: Japan, Hokkaido, by Hirasawa Byōzan, 1876

Colour woodblock print entitled Kamo no Keiba (The Kamo horse-races), depicting two riders in traditional costume amid banners with a military audience, from the series Tōkaidō meisho (Famous places on the Tōkaidō Highway): Japan, by Kawanabe Kyōsai, 1863

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Colour woodblock print of a courtesan composing a love letter while another stands by, with a fan-shaped inset showing a view of Shinowara, from the series 'Kariya hakkei': by Kitagawa Utamaro, Japan, c. 1790 - 1800

Colour woodblock print of a courtesan composing a love letter while another stands by, with a fan-shaped inset showing a view of Shinowara, from the series 'Kariya hakkei': by Kitagawa Utamaro, Japan, c. 1790 - 1800

Colour woodblock print from a series depicting the kabuki actor Nakamura Utaemon IV in various parts, he is shown here as Komakichi on a black 'Morris' horse: Japan, by Utagawa Yoshiume, c. 1845 - 1850

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Colour woodblock print, vertical oban diptych, mounted as a hanging scroll (kakemono-e), entitled Fujo Yamato sugata (Forms of Japanese Women), depicting a young woman holding a fan and looking over her shoulder: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, 1842-43

Colour woodblock print, vertical oban diptych, mounted as a hanging scroll (kakemono-e), entitled Fujo Yamato sugata (Forms of Japanese Women), depicting a young woman holding a fan and looking over her shoulder: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, 1842-43

Brocade altar cloth (uchishiki) woven in coloured silks and gold thread and showing a repeating design of dragons pursuing the magic jewel: Japanese, 19th century

Brocade altar cloth (uchishiki) woven in coloured silks and gold thread and showing a repeating design of dragons pursuing the magic jewel: Japanese, 19th century

Blue satin fukusa (gift cover) with embroidered design of two dancers performing the butterfly dance: Japan,1868 - 1883

Blue satin fukusa (gift cover) with embroidered design of two dancers performing the butterfly dance: Japan,1868 - 1883

Red silk crepe fukusa (gift cover) with embroidered design of wisteria in coloured silks and gold thread: Japanese, mid-Meiji era, 1884 - 1899

Red silk crepe fukusa (gift cover) with embroidered design of wisteria in coloured silks and gold thread: Japanese, mid-Meiji era, 1884 - 1899

Colour woodblock print, entitled Okazaki, no. 39 in the series Gojusan-tsugi meisho zue, depicting a man washing his horse in the river, with a daimyo procession crossing the bridge above: Japan, by Utagawa Hiroshige, 1855

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Sheet from a colour woodblock print triptych, depicting Sama no Suke Mitsuharu resting with his horse by the shore of Lake Biwa: Japan, Edo, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1847 - 1850

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Colour woodblock print entitled Kenninji-machi Ebishu-sha, from the series Miyako hyakkei (One Hundred Views of Kyoto), depicting horse race passing shrine gate: Japan, by Hokusui, 1863 - 1865

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Page from a woodblock-printed illustrated book, depicting horses: Japan, 19th century

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Colour woodblock print, from the series Kannon reigen ki (Record of the Manifestations of the Divine Power of Kannon), depicting Yuki Sodayu escaping on a magic horse from a demon woman, and Matsunoo-dera temple, Wakasa province above: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada and Utagawa Hiroshige, with text by Mantei Oga, 1859

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Colour woodblock print entitled Horse-racing at Fujinomori: Approaching the finish, from the series Tōkaidō meisho (Famous places on the Tōkaidō Highway): Japan, by Utagawa Yoshitsuya, 1863

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Colour woodblock print from the series Gwaikoku jinbutsu zukushi (Series of peoples of foreign lands), depicting an American woman riding on a horse against a plain yellow background: Japan, by Utagawa Yoshitora, 1860 - 1861

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Sheet from a colour woodblock print triptych, entitled Watōnai toragari no zu (Watōnai's Tiger Hunt), depicting Katō Kiyomasa (Watōnai) and his men hunting tigers during the Japanese campaign in Korea at the end of the 16th century: Japan, Edo, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, c. 1845

Sheet from a colour woodblock print triptych, entitled Watōnai toragari no zu (Watōnai's Tiger Hunt), depicting Katō Kiyomasa (Watōnai) and his men hunting tigers during the Japanese campaign in Korea at the end of the 16th century: Japan, Edo, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, c. 1845

Colour woodblock print advertising the productions of Ichida Shōshichirō of Osaka, a craftsman in fine basketry, depicting a bear, an ox, a stag, a boar, and horses: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, c. 1830

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Sheet from colour woodblock print diptych, depicting the kabuki actor Ichikawa Kuzo III as the elderly Wada Shin Zaemon on the shore waving an open fan with a red circle at Sasaki Tozaburo, riding a horse through the water: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, 1857

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Colour woodblock print, no. 34 from the series Sono sugata yukari no utsushi-e (Faithful Depictions of That Splendid Figure), depicting Genji mounted on a horse with his bow, being observed by three women at the window of an adjacent house: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, 1847 - 1852

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Colour woodblock print, entitled Ōji shōzoku enoki Ōmisoka kitsunebi (New Year's Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, Ōji), from the series Meisho Edo hyakkei (One Hundred Famous Views of Edo), depicting magic foxes gathering around the Shōzoku tree: Japan, by Utagawa Hiroshige, 1857.

Colour woodblock print, entitled Ōji shōzoku enoki Ōmisoka kitsunebi (New Year's Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, Ōji), from the series Meisho Edo hyakkei (One Hundred Famous Views of Edo), depicting magic foxes gathering around the Shōzoku tree: Japan, by Utagawa Hiroshige, 1857.

Colour woodblock print entitled Shimosa Kogane hara (Kogane Plain, Shimosa Province) from the series Fuji sanjūrokkei (36 Views of Mount Fuji), depicting two horses on the Kogane plain, with pine trees and Mount Fuji in the background: Japan, by Utagawa Hiroshige, 1858

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Sheet from a colour woodblock triptych print entitled Shunshoku yakata no kotobuki (Congratulations to the Household in New Year Colours), depicting Prince Genji and ladies on a verandah overlooking a lake, inspecting New Year's gifts: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, c. 1851

Sheet from a colour woodblock triptych print entitled Shunshoku yakata no kotobuki (Congratulations to the Household in New Year Colours), depicting Prince Genji and ladies on a verandah overlooking a lake, inspecting New Year's gifts: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, c. 1851

Netsuke

Netsuke of carved ivory, a dancer with a fox mask on his back accompanied by a small boy with a drum: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a dancer with a fox mask on his back accompanied by a small boy with a drum: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a mountain ascetic (yamabushi) blowing a conch shell, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a mountain ascetic (yamabushi) blowing a conch shell, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man and a woman pounding mochi (rice cakes): Japan, by Gyokushu, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man and a woman pounding mochi (rice cakes): Japan, by Gyokushu, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, the gods Daikoku and Ebisu with the goddess Uzume or Okame, signed: Japan, by Tomochika III

Netsuke of carved ivory, the gods Daikoku and Ebisu with the goddess Uzume or Okame, signed: Japan, by Tomochika III

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man dancing, signed: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man dancing, signed: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, Jurojin seated with two boys in front holding a scroll: Japan, by Norishige, mid 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, Jurojin seated with two boys in front holding a scroll: Japan, by Norishige, mid 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, Hotei? sitting holding a finger to his right eye at which a child gazes, behind him is a small green mask held by string, signed: Japan, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, Hotei? sitting holding a finger to his right eye at which a child gazes, behind him is a small green mask held by string, signed: Japan, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, an old man sitting with a bird emerging from an egg, unsigned: Japan, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, an old man sitting with a bird emerging from an egg, unsigned: Japan, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, man with a paper lantern and a stick, signed: Japan, by Tomotsugu

Netsuke of carved ivory, man with a paper lantern and a stick, signed: Japan, by Tomotsugu

Netsuke of carved ivory, court lady kneeling in front of a screen, with poem on reverse, signed: Japan, by Tomotsugu, 18th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, court lady kneeling in front of a screen, with poem on reverse, signed: Japan, by Tomotsugu, 18th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, Hotei standing with a stick over his shoulder with a bundle at one end and a child at the other, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, Hotei standing with a stick over his shoulder with a bundle at one end and a child at the other, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a Korean man sitting on a three-legged stool beating a tsuzumi drum held on his right shoulder, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a Korean man sitting on a three-legged stool beating a tsuzumi drum held on his right shoulder, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, Daikoku sitting on a bale of rice with a rat and a mallet, signed: Japan, by Rantei

Netsuke of carved ivory, Daikoku sitting on a bale of rice with a rat and a mallet, signed: Japan, by Rantei

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man standing with one foot on a basket, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man standing with one foot on a basket, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, the general Guan Yu with a halberd, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, the general Guan Yu with a halberd, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, the Tea-kettle Raccoon-dog (Bunbuku Chagama) sitting beside a tea-kettle wearing a coat, holding a ladle and a cup, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, the Tea-kettle Raccoon-dog (Bunbuku Chagama) sitting beside a tea-kettle wearing a coat, holding a ladle and a cup, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man sitting within a hoop of short staves and planing the wood, signed: Japan, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man sitting within a hoop of short staves and planing the wood, signed: Japan, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, a monkey sitting holding a basket of fruit on its head with its right hand and eating fruit with his left hand, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a monkey sitting holding a basket of fruit on its head with its right hand and eating fruit with his left hand, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a boy crouching with both hands on a fan: Japan, by Seiga, late 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, a boy crouching with both hands on a fan: Japan, by Seiga, late 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, Zhong Kui (J: Shoki) the demon-queller seated, sharpening a sword on a whetstone: Japan, by Tomotoshi, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, Zhong Kui (J: Shoki) the demon-queller seated, sharpening a sword on a whetstone: Japan, by Tomotoshi, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, a monkey with a stick in his right hand and his left arm round a smaller monkey, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a monkey with a stick in his right hand and his left arm round a smaller monkey, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man with hands interlocked above head, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man with hands interlocked above head, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, two rats fighting with a small rat beside them, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, two rats fighting with a small rat beside them, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a cat chasing a rat round a lamp, unsigned: Japan.

Netsuke of carved ivory, a cat chasing a rat round a lamp, unsigned: Japan.

Netsuke of carved ivory, a rat sitting with its left forepaw on a tea-kettle, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a rat sitting with its left forepaw on a tea-kettle, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, Ono no Tofu standing and wearing geta and carrying an umbrella with a frog at left foot: Japan, by Tomotsugu

Netsuke of carved ivory, Ono no Tofu standing and wearing geta and carrying an umbrella with a frog at left foot: Japan, by Tomotsugu

Netsuke of carved ivory, Musashibo Benkei carrying off the Miidera temple bell: Japan, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, Musashibo Benkei carrying off the Miidera temple bell: Japan, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, a cat chasing a rat round a lamp, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a cat chasing a rat round a lamp, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, three monkeys seated round a go board with two wearing spectacles: Japan, by Tamatoshi

Netsuke of carved ivory, three monkeys seated round a go board with two wearing spectacles: Japan, by Tamatoshi

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man sitting holding a gourd in his left hand and in his right a saucer out of which a tortoise is drinking: Japan, Jugyoku, mid to late 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man sitting holding a gourd in his left hand and in his right a saucer out of which a tortoise is drinking: Japan, Jugyoku, mid to late 19th century

The art of a theatre district handscroll

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Netsuke of carved ivory, a dancer with a fox mask on his back accompanied by a small boy with a drum: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a dancer with a fox mask on his back accompanied by a small boy with a drum: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a mountain ascetic (yamabushi) blowing a conch shell, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a mountain ascetic (yamabushi) blowing a conch shell, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man and a woman pounding mochi (rice cakes): Japan, by Gyokushu, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man and a woman pounding mochi (rice cakes): Japan, by Gyokushu, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, the gods Daikoku and Ebisu with the goddess Uzume or Okame, signed: Japan, by Tomochika III

Netsuke of carved ivory, the gods Daikoku and Ebisu with the goddess Uzume or Okame, signed: Japan, by Tomochika III

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man dancing, signed: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man dancing, signed: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, Jurojin seated with two boys in front holding a scroll: Japan, by Norishige, mid 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, Jurojin seated with two boys in front holding a scroll: Japan, by Norishige, mid 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, Hotei? sitting holding a finger to his right eye at which a child gazes, behind him is a small green mask held by string, signed: Japan, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, Hotei? sitting holding a finger to his right eye at which a child gazes, behind him is a small green mask held by string, signed: Japan, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, an old man sitting with a bird emerging from an egg, unsigned: Japan, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, an old man sitting with a bird emerging from an egg, unsigned: Japan, 19th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, man with a paper lantern and a stick, signed: Japan, by Tomotsugu

Netsuke of carved ivory, man with a paper lantern and a stick, signed: Japan, by Tomotsugu

Netsuke of carved ivory, court lady kneeling in front of a screen, with poem on reverse, signed: Japan, by Tomotsugu, 18th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, court lady kneeling in front of a screen, with poem on reverse, signed: Japan, by Tomotsugu, 18th century

Netsuke of carved ivory, Hotei standing with a stick over his shoulder with a bundle at one end and a child at the other, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, Hotei standing with a stick over his shoulder with a bundle at one end and a child at the other, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a Korean man sitting on a three-legged stool beating a tsuzumi drum held on his right shoulder, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a Korean man sitting on a three-legged stool beating a tsuzumi drum held on his right shoulder, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, Daikoku sitting on a bale of rice with a rat and a mallet, signed: Japan, by Rantei

Netsuke of carved ivory, Daikoku sitting on a bale of rice with a rat and a mallet, signed: Japan, by Rantei

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man standing with one foot on a basket, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, a man standing with one foot on a basket, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, the general Guan Yu with a halberd, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, the general Guan Yu with a halberd, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, the Tea-kettle Raccoon-dog (Bunbuku Chagama) sitting beside a tea-kettle wearing a coat, holding a ladle and a cup, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke of carved ivory, the Tea-kettle Raccoon-dog (Bunbuku Chagama) sitting beside a tea-kettle wearing a coat, holding a ladle and a cup, unsigned: Japan