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Artist Izumiya Tomotada (Japanese, active late 18th century)
Title Netsuke in the Form of a Dog
English: Although Chinese folklore disparaged dogs, in Japan they came to be regarded positively as dispellers of evil and portenders of easy childbirth. They symbolize the eleventh year in the Chinese and Japanese 12-year cycle. In this example, the crouching animal wears a rope leash. Tomotada, a gifted animal carver, was particularly noted for carvings of oxen with rope halters. He attracted many pupils, who were permitted to sign their own work as his.
Date late century (Edo)
Medium ivory
Dimensions 5.3 cm (2.1 in) (l.)
Accession number 71.1020
Exhibition history
  • Netsuke: Miniature Sculpture of Japan, Walters Art Gallery, 1978 Commons logo optimized.svg
  • The Fabergé Menagerie. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Portland Art Museum, Portland. 2003-2004.
Credit line Acquired by William T. Walters
Inscriptions [Signature] Tomotada
Ownership history
  • William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
  • 1894: inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore
  • 1931: bequeathed to Walters Art Museum by Henry Walters
place of origin Kyoto, Japan
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