Thursday, February 01, 2007

Form Following Function



Japanese Rabbit Netsuke, Late 18th early 19th century, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA.

The most popular pronunciation is "net-ski", while the actual Japanese is closer to "netskeh," they were used weigh down the end of the sash or obi of a kimono. In the 19th and 20th centuries they became highly collectable and remain so today.

1 comment:

fillip said...

The MFA in Boston used to be my home away from home. Of course, it's Japanese wing was one of the most special places to hang out. In my opinion, it was even more special before they ripped out the faux Japanese garden that had been designed (in the twenties, I think), by Cram, a noted Boston area architect, in order to install a more authentic set up, by '80's lights. But anyway, jeez I loved the netsukes!!!

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